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August 24, 2010

Christian predicted a head-on railroad train collision in 2010. Prediction came true

Filed under: 2010 Predictions — ChrisTian @ 11:16 pm

(1) Four killed in head-on train crash

2010-07-27 21:54

Johannesburg – Four Transnet Freight Rail workers were killed and two others seriously injured when a train collided head-on with a motorised track maintenance trolley on Tuesday, the Railway Safety Regulator said.

Spokesperson Lavinia Mahlangu said the trolley had been part of scheduled maintenance when the accident occurred in Letaba outside Tzaneen in Limpopo.

“The collision resulted in the deaths of four staff. Two others were seriously injured and are now in hospital,” she said.

All six were occupants of the maintenance trolley. The driver of the train and the train assistant were unharmed.

The train was transporting citrus fruit from the farming town of Letsitele to Tzaneen.

“The line is closed for clean-up operations. At this stage the circumstances leading to the collision are still under investigation,” she said adding that the Railway Safety Regulator was investigating the incident.


(2) Head-on train crash in Belgium kills 18

Rescue workers work in and around two passenger trains that collided in Halle, Belgium, Monday Feb. 15, 2010. Early reports say up to 20 people may have been killed in a head-on collision between two trains outside the capital, Brussels. Officials say the trains collided during the morning rush hour in snowy conditions. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

8:06 a.m., Monday, February 15, 2010UPDATED:

BRUSSELS — A commuter train ran a stop signal during morning rush hour and collided head-on with another train in a Brussels suburb Monday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 55 in Belgium’s deadliest train wreck in decades, officials said.

The impact peeled away the front of one train car and threw at least one other off the tracks, causing amputations and other severe injuries, witnesses and officials said. Train service across Western Europe was disrupted.

The Flanders provincial crisis center said in a statement carried by the Belgian media that at least 18 people were killed. Thirty survivors remained hospitalized, several of them in a “very serious” condition, the statement said.

Lodewijk De Witte, the governor of the province of Flemish Brabant, told reporters that one train “apparently did not heed a stop light.”

The trains collided in light snow just outside of the station at Buizingen around 8:30 a.m.

The force of the collision smashed one train deep into the front of the other, tearing back the metal sides. The trains tipped high into the air and broke overhead power lines.

One of the front cars appeared to have careened across the tracks, demolishing a small maintenance shed next to the rail line. A high concrete wall around the train yard seemed to have kept debris from hitting nearby houses.

It appeared to be the country’s worst train wreck since 1954, when a crash near Leuven killed 20 German soccer fans and seriously injured 40 others. In March 28, 2001, eight people died when a crowded train plowed into an empty train driving on the wrong tracks.

Belgian National Railways spokesman Jochen Goovaerts said his agency was awaiting the outcome of the investigation before discussing the cause of Monday’s accident.

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