Johannesburg - South African minister of transport, Dipuo Peters, has extended her condolences to the family of the female rail security guard who was killed when two trains collided at Denver train station in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The guard has been identified as Tiisetso Napo, who was killed when the Tshwane Business Express crashed into the rear of the Metroplus train early on Tuesday morning.
In a statement, Peters said: “I equally wish Ms Marcia Sambo who was driving the Tshwane Business Express (TBE) for a speedy recovery at Milpark hospital.”
Peters said the Tshwane Business Express (TBE) 1602 collided into the rear of Metroplus 0600 at the Denver Station as both trains were en route to Johannesburg from Pretoria Station. Train 0600 departed from Pretoria Station at 06:00am and TBE 1602 departed from Pretoria Station at 06:15am.
“Approximately 240 Metrorail passengers were injured and are receiving the best care at Milpark hospital and Charlotte Maxheke hospital respectively,” Peters said. “More than 120 commuters have already been attended to and discharged from Charlotte Maxeke, Milpark and Hillbrow hospitals.”
She said Metrorail had set up two offices in Pretoria station and the Pippet building, just outside Park Station, where Metrorail officers would provide assistance to help settle claims from affected commuters.
A board of inquiry has been set up to investigate the root cause of the incident.