Elandsfontein train crash due to multiple Metrorail violations - regulator

The Railway Safety Regulator says the train control officer on duty allowed two trains into the same section and has accused Metrorail personnel of failing to observe and implement proper protocol.

Authorities inspect the inside of a Metrorail train after a train crash in Elandsfontein. Picture: Twitter/@EWNTraffic

JOHANNESBURG – Preliminary investigations have revealed the Elandsfontein train crash was caused by multiple violations by Metrorail staff.

Last week, one person died when two trains collided near the Elandsfontein station.

Around one hundred others were injured.

The Railway Safety Regulator says the train control officer on duty allowed two trains into the same section and has accused Metrorail personnel of failing to observe and implement proper protocol.

The regulator’s Madelein Williams says the personnel embarked on abnormal working processes that were littered with poor safety defences and routing violations.

“The handover between the day and night shift was also not done properly and the authorisation of train 0600 into that section was not done as per the requirements.”

The regulator has since barred Metrorail from manually operating their trains under abnormal conditions in Gauteng.