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

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


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