Commuters stranded as train derails
COMMUTERS jumped for their lives when a 12-coach Metrorail heading on the Khayelitsha line to Cape Town came off the tracks yesterday.
The accident happened at dawn on World Cup kick-off day between the Stock Road and Philippi train stations. Witnesses said the packed train lost control when it came out of Stock Road train station.
Apparently it derailed because the driver wanted to change lines, resulting in commuters down the line being stranded for up to three hours, until about 9am. Authorities said there were no injuries and they are investigating what happened.
The train was divided in two, decoupled between the fifth and seventh carriages.
Nomakhaya Bhulu, 34, said she was inside the train when the “crash” occurred: “We jumped out and later found out that the train derailed. It was not a good experience and I am shaken.”
A Metrorail official, who directed media inquiries to spokeswoman Riana Scott, could only say officials were alerted to ensure the derailment wouldn’t disrupt further daily operations.
The train was damaged, delaying services. Scott had not replied by the time of going to press. – West Cape News