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RailwaySafetyRegulatorTimesLive reports that a preliminary report by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has found that a breakdown in communication between a control officer and a driver led to the deadly train crash near Pretoria's Mountain View train station.  

Four people died and 620 other commuters were injured when a train en route to Pretoria station collided with the rear of another train heading to Belle Ombre station.  After the driver repeated the authority incorrectly, the train control officer (TCO) acknowledged the incorrect authority.  RSR spokesperson Madelein Williams said this resulted in the train entering the section between the Pretoria North and Mountain View stations wrongfully.  "The train driver and TCO did not comply with the language policy when authorising," said Williams.  The report also indicated that damage observed on the coaches of both trains indicated that the train to Pretoria station might have been travelling at considerable speed.  The RSR will be continuing its investigation.

  • Read Iavan Pijoos’ original report on this in full at TimesLive

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