Colisão entre trem e caminhão mata 18 e fere 254

Caminhão atravessou passagem de nível e provocou descarrilamento e incêndio em vagões

Por AFP

Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) inspectors look at a derailed train locomotive after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018.

At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET
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Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) inspectors look at a derailed train locomotive after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption - AFP

Uma colisão entre um trem e um caminhão em uma passagem de nível nesta quinta-feira na África do Sul deixou pelo menos 18 mortos e 254 feridos, que ficaram presos nos vagões em chamas. O acidente, provocado pela travessia de um caminhão em uma passagem de nível, provocou o descarrilamento do comboio e o incêndio em um dos vagões, que se propagou para os outros seis.

O trem fazia o trajeto entre Port Elizabeth e Johannesburgo e transportava, segundo a companhia ferroviária Shosholza Meyl, 429 passageiros. Muitos deles voltavam para casa depois das férias de verão. "Ainda precisamos entrar em alguns vagões para ver se ainda há pessoas presas. Não sabemos o que podemos encontrar", declarou à AFP um encarregado da companhia ferroviária, Leboho Mokhalipha.

"Tememos que haja outros corpos dentro do trem", acrescentou Mondli Mvambi, afirmando que as operações de resgate continuam. "Ainda há pessoas nos vagões, aquelas que queimaram", informou.

Alguns dos feridos foram atendidos no local do acidente, enquanto outros precisaram ser levados para hospitais. Os passageiros que saíram ilesos aguardavam atônitos, alguns com sua bagagem, ao lado da via.

O acidente aconteceu por volta das 9h locais (5h de Brasília), perto da cidade de Kroonstad, 200 km a sudoeste de Johannesburgo, quando o caminhão de dois eixos atravessava a linha férrea.

"O motorista do caminhão apostou na sorte e isso custou muitas vidas", lamentou a ministra dos Transportes, Joe Maswanganyi, que foi ao local da tragédia. O motorista do caminhão foi hospitalizado e será submetido a exames para detectar a possível presença de álcool no sangue.

Por causa do impacto, os vagões se viraram sobre a ferrovia, uns contra os outros, atingindo um carro que estava próximo.

As circunstâncias exatas da tragédia ainda devem ser esclarecidas. Muitas das passagens de nível na África do Sul não possuem barreiras de segurança.

O último grave acidente envolvendo um trem no país deixou 15 mortos em 2015, quando um micro-ônibus caiu em uma via férrea e atingiu um trem. Em 1994, 64 pessoas morreram no descarrilamento de um trem perto de Durban, no nordeste do país.

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A fireman walks past derailed and burnt train carriages after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption AFP
Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) inspectors look at a derailed train locomotive after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption AFP
Members of the South African Police Service and Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) look at a derailed train locomotive after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption AFP
A Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) inspector looks at the wreckage of a car which was being transported in a train after an accident near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption AFP
The wreckage of a trailer (R) which was being pulled by a truck after an accident with a train near Kroonstad in the Free State Province, some 110kms south-west of Johannesburg on January 4, 2018. At least 12 people were killed and 180 injured in South Africa on January 4, when a passenger train collided with a truck and burst into flames, an official said, as rescuers searched for survivors / AFP PHOTO / WIKUS DE WET Caption AFP

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