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RailwaySafetyRegulatorANA reports that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) said on Wednesday that preliminary findings into last week’s collision in the Free State between a train and a truck, which killed 19 people, showed the truck driver had tested negative for alcohol.  

The RSR also indicated that the train had been travelling well below the section speed at 78 km per hour at the time of the accident.  Issues to be further probed included the appropriateness of the line of sight for both the truck and train drivers, the cause of fire to five coaches and the appropriateness of fire mitigation measures.  Some 260 passengers, crew and staff were injured when the train carrying 599 people collided with the trailer of an articulated truck between Henneman and Kroonstad on 4 January.  An independent board of inquiry into the circumstances that led to the collision is to be established.

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