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The true cost of one missing bolt is yet to be determined.
A Transnet Freight Rail train carrying a consignment of coal en route from Bellville to Saldanha derailed as it was passing under a bridge near Fisantekraal on Sunday.
According to Transnet the 25 wagon colossal wreck might have been caused by sabotage.
Says spokesperson Mike Asefovitz: “The derailment occurred on a single line due to a loose rail; which we suspect was an act of sabotage, but this can only be confirmed on completion of an investigation which has been launched.”
There were no injuries, but the bridge was damaged to such an extent that the road leading from Klipheuwel Road to Paarl had to be closed.
The road was still closed on Monday when TygerBurger inspected the scene.
At that time risk and environmental officers were on the scene to assess the damage and ensure no harm was being done to the environment.
Several rumours as to what might have caused the derailment circulated in the air on Monday.
The accident happened near the railway switch, so a few people were certain a mechanical fault at that precise point caused it.
Two people who are a bit wide around the waist even joked that they were walking on the tracks when the train nudged them from behind and consequently derailed.
By far the most persistent rumour involved the theft of vital parts of the track in order to sell as scrap metal.
Asefovitz responds: “Just one bolt holding the track down was unscrewed, so I don’t think anyone would go through that trouble to sell a bolt. At this stage I cannot speculate. We would have to wait for investigations to be concluded. We are certain the accident wasn’t caused by just normal wear and tear on the track, because the evidence would immediately point to that and it doesn’t.”
He adds that it is very rare for someone to wilfully remove parts of the track to intentionally cause a derailment.
“In essence, however, any theft along the tracks becomes sabotage. The theft of overhead wires could result in an accident,” he continues.
“All we can confirm at the moment is that the locomotive was re-railed at 20:55 on Sunday and that it is too early to pronounce on the expected time of reopening the line. Fourteen of the 25 wagons are still on their side and are set to be re-railed by the infrastructure team that is on site.
“Bulldozers are also on site to aid in the cleanup process.”
The road will be reopened as soon as the integrity of the bridge is determined.
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

 

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