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metrorail thumb medium90 92The Citizen reports that the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) has blamed human error for Tuesday’s rear-end collision between two Metrorail trains at a station in Germiston.  

And, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) may be facing a R5 million fine for ignoring a directive from RSR which prohibited manual signalling.  According to RSR’s preliminary report, Train 4317 was manually authorised to enter a platform at Geldenhuys station, where it stopped because of a “technical problem”.  While the train was at the platform being worked on by technicians, Train 0723 was authorised to enter, resulting in the crash which left 159 people with minor injuries, 67 with moderate injuries, and the crew of both trains with minor injuries.  “Information received from the RSR inspectors indicate human error can be attributed to the Train 0723 being authorised into the same platform, which subsequently resulted in a rear-end collision,” RSR spokesperson Madelein Williams indicated.  According to RSR’s state of safety report for 2016-17, faulty manual authorisation accounted for 8% of collisions between trains.

  • Read this report by Amanda Watson in full at The Citizen

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