Approximately 100 injured as Shosholoza train derails: paramedics

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Approximately 100 people have been injured after a Shosholoza Meyl train derailed between Hennenman and Kroonstad in the Free State on Thursday morning‚ according to emergency services.

 

04 January 2018. Firefighters busy wrapping the hoses after they dozed the flames from the Shosholoza Myl train that derailed fter it collided with a truck between Welkom and Henemam in the Free State. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ Sunday times

ER24’s Russel Meiring told TimesLIVE the number of injured was changing constantly.

The train was traveling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg‚ carrying many holidaymakers on their way home.

04 January 2018. Firefighters busy wrapping the hoses after they dozed the flames from the Shosholoza Myl train that derailed fter it collided with a truck between Welkom and Henemam in the Free State. Police commissioner arrives in a chopper at the scene where the train derailed. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ Sunday times

Meiring said the train‚ a truck and a car were involved in the incident.

A video posted on Twitter showed several train cars on fire.

04 January 2018. Firefighters busy wrapping the hoses after they dozed the flames from the Shosholoza Myl train that derailed after it collided with a truck between Welkom and Henemam in the Free State. A mother who is a passenger of the train is rushing his 2-year-old baby after he suffered heat stroke Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ Sunday times

Maroela Media reported that Tiaan Esterhuizen‚ a passenger on the train‚ said the incident had occurred around 9.15am.

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“We were in the restaurant section of the train eating breakfast when we felt a jerk and soon after the train came to a standstill‚” he is quoted as saying.

“Some of the people told me afterward they heard the train blowing its horn for a long time before the accident happened.”

 

He said that many paramedics‚ firefighters and ambulances were on the scene.

“We took the train because we thought it would be safer than being on the roads.”

By: Kyle Cowan -TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.


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