Train fire survivor believes petrol bomb was throw through carriage window

A Cape Town mother is in hospital fighting for her life after she was trapped in a fire on a train last week.

The train fire, which happened between the Ottery and Southfield train stations on the Southern Line, claimed the life of another woman.

Read more: Fatal CPT train fire 'could have been prevented'

Southfield resident Leigh Jansen was on her way to work at the time when the train caught alight.

Leigh believes that a flammable object was thrown onto the train through an open carriage window.

Metrorail says the train pulled into Ottery Station with flames billowing out of the two front carriages.

The 42-year-old sustained burn wounds to her face, neck, shoulders and hands and only opened her eyes on Saturday.

Her mother, Ursula Schenker, says Leigh is still on a ventilator machine and she has a throat infection which may compromise her recovery.

A case of arson and an inquest docket was opened for investigation. However, Ursula is disappointed that Metrorail has not laid other charges on behalf of the victims.

Ursula describes what her daughter has communicated about the fatal incident.

She indicated positive to that [the claims that a petrol bomb was thrown on the train]. That a missile came into the window.

Ursula Schenker, mother of Leigh Jansen

We have to wait now and take it one step at a time.

Ursula Schenker, mother of Leigh Jansen

These victims are falling through the cracks and we need to get justice for them.

Ursula Schenker, mother of Leigh Jansen

Nothing is being done for the victim's that are lying in the hospital bed. It is tragic when you see them.

Ursula Schenker, mother of Leigh Jansen

Because of the infection, they can't do a tracheostomy.

Ursula Schenker, mother of Leigh Jansen

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Train fire survivor believes petrol bomb was throw through carriage window


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Once you hand over your keys to a car dealership, the Consumer Protection Act says that they are liable for anything that happens.

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

Nature’s Valley Trust confirmed that an estimated 11.5-million clams washed up covering a large stretch of shore.

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Cape Town residents and animal welfare activists have raised concerns about the plans to open the Lamloch Safari Park on the R44.

 MasterChef Australia runner-up Ben Ungermann dishes on his food journey

MasterChef Australia runner-up Ben Ungermann dishes on his food journey

MasterChef Aussie 2017 finalist Ben Ungermann talks about his culinary influences, latest business ventures and career highlights.

'I left Australia for SA so that my sons can practice their religion in freedom'

'I left Australia for SA so that my sons can practice their religion in freedom'

A Muslim mom and former community spokesperson - now living in SA - recounts the deep-rooted history of Islamophobia in Australia.

Fatal CPT train fire 'could have been prevented'

Fatal CPT train fire 'could have been prevented'

Injury lawyer claims a fatal fire that broke out on a Metrorail train in Ottery could've been avoided.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

The Leonardo in Sandton may become the tallest building in Africa.

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on president Cyril Ramaphosa's train expirience on Monday.

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

The Steinhoff-debacle happened while the world praised SA for its auditing standards. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Steven Firer.

Could IPPs solve the load shedding problem? Analyst disagrees

Could IPPs solve the load shedding problem? Analyst disagrees

Energy expert, activist and economic analyst Adil Nchabeleng says IPPs have not delivered what was promised.

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Senior Researcher at Africa Check Kate Wilkinson shares their latest from their fact-finding missions.