Train crash in SA leaves 14 dead, 190 injured

1/5/2018

Cape Town, A passenger train smashed into a truck near railway level crossing in South Africa's Kroonstad City in Free State province killing at least 14 people and leaving 190 injured, according to a BBC News report. Many carriages have been thrown off the rails as per the latest media reports. Flames ripped through the twisted wreckage and choking black smoke rose into the air as desperate passengers clambered out of the train to escape the inferno. Rescuers rushed to the scene to search for survivors and treat the injured. Officials warned the toll could rise as operations continued to clear the crash site. The initial reports by the the Cape Town police suggests that the truck driver was taking chances on the cost of lives". The police has also assured that "the truck driver will be taken to hospital where a blood test would be done to verify if he was sober or not while driving the vehicle. The Shosholoza Meyl rail company that operates long-distance trains in South Africa said that the train travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg collided with the truck at about 09:00 am. However, as per the railway reports, one of the derailed carriages was the power generator behind the locomotive car that caught fire and the flames started spreading rapidly. The Cape Town rescue management team said, "It is feared that they could find more bodies as the search, recovery and rescue work is ongoing". "We still have to lift the carriages to see to whether there are any other people that are still trapped there or not. We still don't know what is underneath," said a railway official at the accident site, promising full investigation into the case.Further investigation is on and operations underway to clear the crash site.