Delayed train passengers in Bloemfontein transported home

Train passengers who were delayed in Bloemfontein yesterday due to a train derailment have been transported to their destinations by bus.

According to the Department of Transport spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, all passengers destined for Queenstown, East London, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg have safely been transported to their destinations. He says in the meanwhile, the department is clearing spilt cargo from the line which is expected to be operational this afternoon.

“Currently, there are still tests that are conducted to ensure that the tracks are safe for travelling. As soon as that has been completed, we will be able to utilise the tracks by midday today, but that will only happen once the railway safety regulator has given us the green light” he said.

Mnisi says the safety of passengers is of high importance and that the department is working on ensuring that the tracks are safe for any further travelling. He says the cause of the incident on the Southern side of Bloemfontein is, however, still unknown.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News