WATCH: Race against time to free Pretoria train crash victims

By Goitsemang Tlhabye Time of article published Jan 8, 2019

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TSHWANE Emergency services are in a race against time to free passengers trapped in a Metrorail coach following a head-on collision at Mountain View station this morning.

Gauteng Metro rail spokesperson, Lillian Mofokeng, said two trains coming from Mabopane station to Pretoria station collided in Mountain view just after 9am. 

Mofokeng said one of the trains was stationary and was hit from behind by the second one.

The exact cause and full details of the accident was not known, but Mofokeng said the passenger railway service was doing it's best to prioritise commuters that were injured.

"Emergency services reported there were three fatalities and one critically injured. There are close to 300 commuters injured."

"There are still more commuters trapped behind the the train of the second coach. So at the moment emergency services are trying to rescue them.

People walk to buses and those injured badly are carried to ambulances after the train crash. Video: Goitsemang Tlhabye

Over 50 ambulances and buses could be seen going in and out along Grobler street outside the station.

There were scores of commuters with minor injuries crying and limping towards transport ferrying them to nearby hospitals in the city.

Commuter Rebecca Majola, said the train they were travelling in kept on ringing it's bell for a long time.

"All I remember before waking up on the floor of the train was this long bell ringing, followed by the bang and I was out of it."

An inconsolable Majola said when she came round she had blood in her mouth and pain all over her body.

"I tried to tell three people that I was in pain but they told us to go to the buses as the ambulances were to transport those who could not walk."

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