Kroonstad crash train was travelling below the speed limit: Railway Safety Regulator

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Workers stand next to a wreckage after a train crash near Hennenman in the Free State province, South Africa, January 4, 2018.

JOHANNESBURG – Preliminary investigations by the Railway Safety Regulator reveal that the Shosholoza Meyl train that was involved in an accident near Kroonstad last week was travelling below the speed limit at the time of impact.

The speed limit on the line is 90-kilometres per hour - the train was travelling at 70 km/h

The driver of the truck believed to have caused the accident tested negative for alcohol after he was taken to the nearest police station.

He is yet to be charged as police are still conducting interviews with victims of the crash. 

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Statistics show the Shosholoza Meyl, which offers a long-distance service, is Prasa’s safest train.

The regulator said in a statement it will establish an inquiry to probe the cause of the accident and to establish why five coaches caught alight.