Prasa puzzled as train in which man died was not in service
Prasa says it is investigating how the deceased got into the train as he did not even have a ticket.
JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail says its puzzled by the death of a man during a train collision in Jet Park as the locomotive was out of service at the time of impact.
More than 100 passengers have been taken to various hospitals in the area after two trains collided at the Elandsfontein Station this morning.
Metrorail has blamed cable theft for the crash.
Prasa’s Goodman Matampi says the man who died on impact was not supposed to be there.
“We’re still investigating. What we can say at this moment, he didn’t even have a ticket. And we want to understand how he managed to get into the system and to get into a train that's actually not in service.”
He says Prasa has launched its own investigation, which has so far revealed that cable theft is to blame for the collision.”
“We spend millions in paying overtime for people to actually go and fix these cables.”
Several commuters were left without transport, but Prasa has arranged for buses to ferry commuters between train stations.
Authorities hope to clear the scene before peak traffic this afternoon.