The allegation was made by a spokesperson for the South African Footplate Staff Association who said that staff were being forced to work shifts of up to 20 hours a day. This is eight hours longer than is permitted by law and according to the spokesperson is the cause of the high number of accidents.
Yesterday's accident was the third in 4 months. It involved two Metrorail trains which collided head-on at Kaalfontein station in the Kembisa township about 25 km from Johannesburg.
The accident, which occurred at about 15:00 local time, just before the afternoon rush hour killed the driver of one of the trains. A second body, that of a women passenger was only recovered after 10 hours as rescue workers cleared the wreckage.
Earlier estimates that 3 people had been killed were revised after a search of the wreckage where a third body was thought to have been trapped revealed nothing. Up to 190 people are now thought to have been injured
This file last updated: Saturday, 18-Dec-1999 17:40:57 EST
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