Fatal CPT train fire 'could have been prevented'

An injury lawyer claims that a fire that broke out on a Metrorail train in Ottery, killing one passenger and injuring four others, could have been avoided.

Henry Shields maintains negligence led to the fire, because a lack of adequate security.

Read: Train carriages on fire in Cape Town

Metrorail has the duty of care, they have not maintained the standards. The question remains whether this was foreseeable or avoidable. The answer is the security on their trains has deteriorated to the point this was entirely foreseeable.

Henry Shields, personal injury lawyer

Sheilds says the passengers who were injured and the family of the deceased have a legitimate claim against the rail service.

The passengers do have a claim which is based on negligence.

Henry Shields, personal injury lawyer

It comes as the Regional Manager at Western Cape Metrorail, Richard Walker passed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

It's believed the passenger died following a suspected arson attack on a commuter train at Ottery Station on Wednesday.

Four other passengers were injured.

If you look at how this fire spread quickly, you can see that it is not an ordinary situation because electrical ...can also be ruled out at this early stage in the investigation.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Something happened which resulted in the coaches to combust at such a rapid rate and unfortunately we had passengers that got injured as they were trying to get away from the fire.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Metrorail is offering a R25,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

The rail company is working closely with the South African Police Services to bring the perpetrators to book, says Walker.

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