Prasa aims to restore train service

Two trains crashed near the Elandsfontein Station in Jet Park allegedly as a result of cable theft.

Two trains collided near the Elandsfontein station in Johannesburg on Thursday morning leaving one person dead and over 100 injured. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said it aims to have all Metrorail trains back on the tracks before afternoon peak traffic following Thursday morning’s fatal train collision on the East Rand.

Two trains crashed near the Elandsfontein Station in Jet Park allegedly as a result of cable theft.

One man died and over 100 people were taken to hospital.

Prasa arranged for buses to ferry commuters between the affected train stations.

Spokesman Goodman Matampi says they tried their best to clear the scene before commuters headed home on Thursday afternoon.

“The good news is that the overhead line because of this impact is not damaged and that’s why we’re positive the service will be operating on Thursday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, we’re still trying to determine the exact time, but we want to the trains to be running as normal as possible, we cannot just rely on buses that will inconvenience our commuters.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)