SOUTH AFRICA: MINISTER DEMANDS REVIEW OF SAFETY PROCEDURES AFTER HORROR RAIL CRASH

South Africa Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown requested Transnet to continuously review its safety procedures at its depots and rail routes to prevent a recurrence of the horror train accident in Noupoort on Thursday.

Train driver Alexander Flemming was killed when a runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames.

Jan Swanepoel, also a train driver, was critically injured, along with two other workers.

News24 earlier reported that they were on their way from Rosmead in the Eastern Cape, to Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

United National Transport Union (Untu) general secretary Steve Harris said the crew had been waiting for about five minutes at a signal for the go-ahead from the train controller.

Suddenly, they saw the locomotive bearing down on them at high speed from the Noupoort direction.

The diesel locomotive, which did not appear to have any occupants, exploded on impact.

Brown conveyed her condolences to Flemming's family.

"I have asked Transnet to give the families the necessary support they would need during this period," she said in a statement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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