Johannesburg - The failure by Transnet to inform the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) about a new train speed restriction led to the derailment of a passenger train in which 63 people were injured in Kimberley, the Railway Safety Regulator said on Friday.
The RSR released the preliminary report into the accident that happened on August 18.
According to the report, the derailment occurred on “cross over points” while the train was moving from the main line to a newly constructed line.
“On the day of the incident the perway team constructed the joggle joints from the mainline to the new line to divert the traffic. It was reported that the speed restriction of 30km/h was introduced at approximately 18h25. According to the information received the train driver was travelling at the speed of approximately 81km/h.”