Incidents February 12, 2020
[HORIZON VIEW] – Two trains collide leaving one dead, at least several others injured.
One man has been killed and at least several others injured this evening when a goods and passenger train collided on the tracks near Bonny Doone Road in Horizon View, West of Johannesburg.
ER24 paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene shortly after 21h20 to find that several carriages of the trains had derailed.
Rescue Services set up a triage area and began tending to the patients.
On closer inspection, medics found a man and an elderly woman lying trapped inside the one carriage of the passenger train. Assessments showed that the man had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done by paramedics. The elderly woman was assessed and found to have sustained numerous injuries and was in a critical condition.
Rescue personnel worked for over two hours to free the entrapped woman from the train. Once freed, paramedics treated the woman and provided her with several advanced life support interventions before she was airlifted by a private medical helicopter to a private hospital for further care.
Approximately 30 other patients were tended to on the scene by numerous services. Three patients were initially transported to hospital whilst the remaining patients declined transportation.
The details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.