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‘They waited for a certificate to save a human life’

The truck driver who survived a crash on the Gautrain tracks says emergency services were slow to react.

The wreckage after a truck crashed through concrete barriers onto the Gautrain line on 20 April 2016. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The driver of a truck that crashed onto the Gautrain line in Pretoria says emergency services were too slow to react and his colleague could have been saved if they acted sooner.

The passenger of the truck was killed in the crash, while the driver was injured.

Gautrain services on the Pretoria to Hatfield line were disrupted following the crash, and as a result buses were used to ferry commuters.

Elijah Nkosi, who owns his own business, says he was on his way back from loading rubble at the top of Loveday Street when he lost control of his truck and it raced down the hill, crashing onto the Gautrain track.

He says he and his colleague were both trapped, but emergency services were too slow to respond because they were waiting for clearance.

"I talked to the passenger for an hour; he was still alive. They took an hour because they were waiting for a certificate before they could go down."

"My colleague could have been saved, but the emergency service waited for a certificate to save a human life."

He says he's still in a state of shock as he's never had a problem with the truck before.