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SAPS to probe train crash

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Over 300 commuters were injured, with 82 suffering moderate injuries and 159 light injuries

A paramedic attends to one of the injured Metrorail commuters at Mountainview station in Pretoria. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/ African News Agency (ANA)

THE acting provincial police commissioner of Gauteng, Major General Max Masha, said police have opened an inquest docket to investigate the cause of the collision between two trains in Mountain View yesterday which left four people dead and hundreds more injured.

“If it’s found that there’s been negligence, a charge culpable homicide might be opened,” Masha said.

The trains were carrying more than 800 passengers when the accident occurred shortly after 10am. The circumstances leading up to the collision are still unclear.

There are also conflicting reports about the number of deaths, with Masha stating four people had died, while Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said the death toll stood at three.

Mofokeng confirmed that over 300 commuters were injured, with 82 suffering moderate injuries and 159 light injuries.

“For now, we don’t have the full details of what caused the accident,” Mofokeng said.

– ANA