One of Metrorail’s Northern Line trains derailed at Bellville station this morning, with 20 passengers receiving medical treatment for injuries.
Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says the derailment will cause major delays.
“Metrorail confirms that three carriages of Cape Town-bound train number 3202 derailed on the Kuils River side of Bellville station opposite platform 11. The two passenger trailers and a motor coach derailed at 6.08am,” she says. “Although initially no visible injuries were reported, some 20 passengers have subsequently received medical attention on-site for minor injuries.”
The incident will affect morning peak service as follows:
– Wellington/Kraaifontein trains are to be re-routed via Monte Vista
– Lavistown line trains are temporarily suspended (commuters are advised to find alternative transport for this affected route).
– Running times are expected to increase by -+60 minutes.
📢 #NorthernLineCT #ServiceUpdate:
Service recovery underway on the Strand/ Muldersvlei Line following earlier derailment of T3202 at Bellville. T3290 and T3404 are the first trains to depart to CT & T3411 will be the first outbound train to operate . Residual delays of 90+ min.
— Metrorail W/Cape (@CapeTownTrains) September 12, 2019
“SAPS, ER and Metrorail recovery crews remain on-site to assist passengers and recovery efforts,” Scott says. “Recovery of the derailed carriages and assessment of infrastructure is expected to take several hours and service status updates will continue to be posted to all regional passenger information channels.”
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