Two trains torched in Durban, Prasa to make major announcement

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A fire damaged several carriages at the Retreat Station depot on Sunday.

A fire damaged several carriages at the Retreat Station depot on Sunday.

DURBAN – The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is expected to brief the media on Thursday afternoon following the torching of two trains in Durban on Wednesday night at Berea Station and Durban Station.

 

“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find a carriage well alight,” said Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson.

The Durban Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze before it spread and there were no injuries, he said.

“Traffic was severely affected as multiple routes around the station were closed by Durban metro police while emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.”

 

Jamieson said the cause of the fire was unknown at this stage, but the South African Police Services and Durban Fire Department would be investigating further.

Prasa said its acting group CEO, Cromet Molepo, would make a major announcement on Thursday on the way forward.