Train Accident... 10 August 2011, Petrusburg, Free state, South Africa


Petrusburg, South Africa

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The image above is of a train accident on the 10th of August 2011 at the Petrusburg Railway Station in the Free State province in South Africa.

The train (A) on the right (that is from a western direction) entered the station on the mainline and came to a stop. Another train (B) coming from the opposite direction was to make a crossing with train A at the station. Train A came into the station before train B and stopped on the mainline, after which the assistant driver went to change over the exchange for train B to take the “loop”. However train B came into the station way to fast, and before the assistant could divert it to the loop the train was at the exchange. The assistant had to run for dear life and could not divert train B into the loop in time. Train B then entered the section where train A was stationary and hit it head-on at a very high speed.

The impact was such that the head engine of train A was knocked clear of the tracks and came to rest on its roof, with the driver, injured but alive, trapped in the upturned engine. As seen in the image the remaining engines was also severely damaged. Train B driver and assistant escaped serious injury with the driver running to the rear of his engine, and the assistant jumping clear of the engine before impact.

Canon EOS 550D
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.
ISO – 100

The World As We See It , or as we missed it. – 08/2011

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