The swift response of members resulted in just one carriage being gutted at Koeberg Station, Metrorail said. Picture: One Second Alerts

It's expected to be less arduous for Capetonians travelling on Metrorail trains to get home this afternoon. It wasn't the case this morning for inbound commuters following two disruptions during peak-hour traffic. 

According to Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott, a carriage that was set alight at Koeberg station and an unidentified person that was run over by a train in Mitchells Plain led to many passengers arriving late for work on Tuesday morning, the SABC reported. But Scott believes it will be business as usual again this afternoon. 

"The services are starting to recover after an early morning train casualty that disrupted train services between Lentegeur and Philippi, prompting customers to use alternative transport until the arrival of buses." 

Scott said the second arson incident at Koeberg station and the scene at Mitchells Plain "are being cleared and train services are resuming normal operations".

Earlier, Scott said the extent of the damage at Koeberg station is not yet known and the gutted carriage will be taken to the Passenger Rail Agency of SA depot to be assessed before a full investigation can take place. 

"Preliminary reports confirm no injuries. The swift reaction of response teams extinguished the fire quickly, containing the damage to one carriage."


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