Prasa: Truck driver in Kroonstad train crash faces culpable homicide charge
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it will provide legal support to victims of the train crash near Kroonstad in the Free State.
Prasa acting CEO Mthuthuzeli Swarts says the rail agency will assist with legal recourse and medical costs incurred by victims.
At least 18 passengers died when a truck towing a trailer allegedly ignored a stop sign and crashed into the moving train on Thursday.
More than 250 commuters were injured and over 80 hospitalised when the coaches burst into flames.
Swarts says Prasa officials have been contacting the families of the injured victims.
The truck driver was taken for a blood test to determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
He faces a possible culpable homicide charge, explains Swarts.
The truck that was supposed to stop at a railway crossing didn't stop. The railway crossing has a clear stop sign.Mthuthuzeli Swarts, Acting CEO of Prasa
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