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Gautrain suspends services after track is damaged

A truck crashed into an overhead bridge, causing part of a fence to fall onto the track.

Gautrain. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - Gautrain services have been disrupted this morning between Pretoria and Hatfield after a line was damaged.

It's understood a cement truck crashed into an overhead bridge, causing part of a fence to fall onto the track.

Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe says no trains were involved in the incident.

"A cement truck rammed into the balustrade of the bridge and the balustrade broke and that fell on the Gautrain track so all the trains have been stopped. There were no trains involved and we now have to clean the track."

Van der Merwe said buses will be provided to cater for commuters between Hatfield and the Pretoria CBD until the scene is cleared.

"We may need the whole day to clean up the track and to check the power, so we're running buses from Pretoria Station to Hatfield Station."

Tshwane Emergency Services say they driver lost control of the truck shortly before the crash.

He remained trapped inside the vehicle for up to 30 minutes.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the driver is in a critical condition.

"We had to use Jaws of Life to extricate the patient. He's critically injured and was transferred to a nearby hospital. The train services has been stopped, I believe that they must recover the vehicle down there and then Prasa and Gautrain obviously will open that specific line in that area."