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Train Collision Closes Coal Line to Richards Bay

Coal News - Published on Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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South Africa’s diversified mining company, Exxaro Resources, would investigate the impact of last week's fatal accident at its Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo. Transnet Freight Rail had reported that it had closed the coal line following a head-on collision between two of its trains at the Matlabas crossing in Thabazimbi and Lephalale in Limpopo. It said “The line is closed and there is no estimated time of reopening at this stage, but recovery teams are on-site to clear the scene and carry out repairs to damaged infrastructure.”

Transnet said that the accident occurred when a train with 100 loaded coal wagons collided in the loop with a stationary train carrying 89 empty wagons. The train driver and assistant train driver of the empty train died in the accident, while the driver and assistant from the loaded train were severely injured.

Grootegeluk, an open cast coal mine within the Waterberg region, 25km from Lephalale, is expected to be affected by the closure of the coal line in Limpopo following the accident.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 22 Oct 2019
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