transnetMining Weekly reports that Transnet on Wednesday announced two fatalities and two severe injuries after a head-on collision between two trains at the Matlabas crossing, located between Thabazimbi and Lephalale, in Limpopo.  

The collision happened on Tuesday evening between a train with 100 loaded coal wagons and a stationary train with 89 empty wagons.  The train driver and assistant train driver of the empty train were fatally injured, while the driver and assistant driver from the loaded train were severely injured and taken to a nearby hospital.  Transnet preliminarily reported that the empty train set had two burnt out locomotives and one derailed on its side.  Transnet said a board of inquiry would be set up by an independent arbiter.


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