'Mbalula says a sequence of events led to Mamelodi train crash'

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has briefed media on a preliminary report into a train crash in Mamelodi at the weekend.

A Transnet machine was carrying out maintenance on the railway track when it collided with a new train at the Eerste Fabrieke Station.

A Railway Safety Regulator's (RSR's) investigation has revealed how multiple factors contributed to the accident.

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane was at the briefing.

It showed that two factors came into play when the tamping machine that conducts maintenance lost its breaks and rolled on the track and collided with the stationary passenger train.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

The minister has said, without blaming the victims, that some of the passengers inside interfered with the driver trying to make sure that the train would not collide, basically saying that they were pulling the passenger emergency alarm when they were instructed to evacuate the train.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

The minister is clear to say we are not blaming them but a sequence of events happened.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

A number of issues culminated together and the crash happened because of system failure, old infrastructure and human nature...

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

Click on the link below to hear the full report...


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