Metrorail: Less than 100 Germiston train crash victims still in hospital

More than 220 passengers sustained minor injuries when one train rear-ended a stationary locomotive at the Geldenhuis Station on Tuesday.

Rail officials on the scene of a train crash in Germiston on 9 January, 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail says fewer than a hundred commuters who were involved in the train collision in Germiston remain in hospital on Wednesday morning.

More than 220 passengers sustained minor injuries when one train rear-ended a stationary locomotive at the Geldenhuis Station on Tuesday.

An investigation is now underway to determine whether cable theft in the area could have played a role in the crash.

Metrorail’s Lillian Mofokeng says: “All of them are minor injuries. We just had a report that there was one lady that they were double-checking if her spinal cord is intact or what. So, we’ve not yet received a final report from the doctors regarding that.”

It’s the second major railway crash this month.

Last week, 19 people were killed while 254 others were treated for injuries when a truck crashed into Shosholoza Meyl train in the Free State.