Johannesburg - Nineteen people have been confirmed dead in the horror Free State train crash but the death toll could rise even further after officials on Monday revealed that as many as 15 more people are still unaccounted for.
Daisy Daniels, spokesperson for the Shosholoza Meyl passenger train, said 15 people were still missing or unaccounted for following last Thursday’s accident near Kroonstad.
Daniels was speaking at a walk-in and call centre at the Prasa headquarters, Umjantshi House, next to Park Station, Braamfontein. The facility was established by the Department of Transport and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to assist all those affected by the horror crash in which the train derailed after it crashed into a truck at a rail crossing.
Prasa spokesperson Sipho Sithole said: “We have to deal with the deceased first because we don't know who the 19 are because of the state they are in, but we still have to find out through the DNA.”
Sithole said family members will be taken to Kroonstad for the identification process. Health authorities have said they will be ready to begin the identification process on Tuesday.