Four people were killed on Saturday in a collision between a vehicle and a train in Magaliesburg, north-west of Johannesburg, in the country’s second such incident in a few weeks.
Late last month, seven people were killed in a similar collision between a train and a bakkie at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath near Cape Town.
Saturday’s incident happened where the R500 road crosses the railway line from Krugersdorp on Gauteng’s West Rand.
ER24’s Anine Siddall describes their efforts: “There was unfortunately nothing paramedics could do to save the lives of three women, all believed to be in their late 50s, and they were declared dead on the scene. A man, believed to be in his 30s, was also declared dead by other emergency services en route to a nearby hospital. One more person sustained moderate injuries and he was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not yet known to our paramedics but local authorities were on the scene for investigations.”
In another incident, Northern Cape police are investigating a case of culpable homicide following the death of a leader of the !XUN from the Khoisan community at Platfontein near Kimberley. Mario Mahongo was killed in a car crash last night when he lost control of his vehicle.