The accident happened at a level crossing which runs parallel to the M4 in the vicinity of Hectorspruit. A coal train collided with a truck with around 44 farm workers on board. It is believed that the train pushed the truck a further 200m down the track.
According to ER24’s Andre Visser, emergency personnel arrived to find a ‘gruesome site where bodies were strewn across the floor’. Emergency personnel and a medical helicopter were dispatched to the scene, to attend to the wounded and transport the critically injured to various hospitals.
Farmer’s Weekly would like to express its condolences to all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic accident. We also wish the injured a speedy recovery.