South Africa driver fired over Soweto train crash

Many of the injured were treated at the scene

Related Stories

A South African train driver has been fired for causing an accident which injured more than 850 people last week.

The investigation showed that the man had been driving at 85 km/h (53 mph) in an area where the limit was 30km/h, reports say.

Many passengers were flung out the window when the speeding train ploughed into a stationary one in Soweto on Thursday evening.

No-one died but it was described as the biggest crash in recent years.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) spokeswoman Nana Zenani said although the driver has slowed down before impact, it did little to help the passengers.

"At the point of impact he had already decelerated as much as he could, to around 33 kilometres, but the point is when you're driving a train, you're then working on velocity," she said, AFP news agency reports.

"He shouldn't have been doing 85 in a 30 zone to begin with."

Prasa said no criminal charges would be filed against the driver.

Prasa also said in a statement it had established a 20 million rand ($2.8m; £1.7m) fund to compensate victims of the Soweto accident and another crash last month in Pretoria that killed a train driver and left some 200 people injured.

More than two million passengers travel daily on South Africa's commuter trains.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Africa stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • TravelAround the world

    BBC Travel takes a look at the most striking images from the past seven days


  • A bicycle with a Copenhagen WheelClick Watch

    The wheel giving push bikes an extra boost by turning them into smart electric hybrids

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.