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Rescuers retrieve body from truck crash wreckage

The driver of the truck is believed to have lost control of the vehicle which landed on the Gautrain tracks.

Emergency workers are working to clear the wreckage on the Gautrain line. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

PRETORIA - Forensic services have removed the body of the passenger killed during today's truck crash on the Gautrain line in Pretoria.

The driver of the truck was also injured when his vehicle ploughed through concrete barriers this afternoon, landing on the train tracks.

Gautrain services to the Pretoria Hatfield line have been suspended and busses are now being used to transport commuters.

Operations were paused momentarily to remove the body of the passenger who died in this accident.

Tow trucks removed the vehicle from the tracks over the cement barrier.

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle on Loveday Street in Pretoria before it crashed through the barriers.

"It seems as if the driver had either lost control or there was a mechanical failure."

Vadi says there will be a full investigation, but the driver is currently too shocked to speak

"I had a brief chat with him, but he is not in a condition to have a meaningful conversation."

It's unclear when services will be fully restored.