Com­muters stranded as train de­rails

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SANDISO PHALISO

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

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