Richards Bay train collision due to power outage, network vandalism

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The Railway Safety Regulator says the collision of two Transnet trains at Elubana near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, was caused by a power failure and vandalism to the railway network.

According to reports, one train crashed into another that was stationary due to a power outage at the Richards Bay complex. No serious injuries were reported.

Acting CEO of the Rail Safety Regulator, Mmuso Selaledi says, “Another complication is that in October, there was vandalism in the area of the railway network. And therefore the trains in that section were operating on what we call ‘normal working or manual train authorisation. Which is where you don’t use the signaling network to authorise the train, you do it through other mechanisms of communications which is more manual.”