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metrorail thumb medium90 92SowetanLive reports that an eyewitness who missed Tuesday morning’s deadly train collision by a whisker said one of the trains experienced problems along the way and had stopped for 20 to 30 minutes on multiple occasions.  

Velly Jente, who witnessed the aftermath of a horrific crash that claimed three lives and injured more than 600 people at the Mountain View train station, north of Pretoria, claimed the collision was caused by a signalling problem.  He said drivers were forced to use cellphones because the system was not working, which led to delays.  "I'm very hurt.  I don't think this is an accident.  They failed to fix the problems and now people are dead.  Some of those people are breadwinners in their families," he said.  Jente had just disembarked from the train and went to buy fried chips when he heard what he thought was an explosion.  When he rushed to the platform, Jente was met by the sight of injured people lying on the train tracks and crying out for help.  In January last year, the Rail Safety Regulator imposed a ban on the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to stop the use of manual signalling amid complaints that the practice was placing the lives of commuters at risk.  Prasa had to approach the court to prevent the suspension of its safety permit.  The regulator said on Tuesday that they would release preliminary findings of its investigations on Wednesday.

  • Read the original report by Zoë Mahopo in full at SowetanLive

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