• Short Summary

    South African police and railway officials are continuing their Investigation into the train crash near Capetown in which 48 people died, and 150 were injured on Saturday (September 30).

  • Description

    South African police and railway officials are continuing their Investigation into the train crash near Capetown in which 48 people died, and 150 were injured on Saturday (September 30).

    Grief-stricken relatives are still identifying the remains of those who died. Because of what one railway official has described as "a horrible jigsaw puzzle of bodies end remains", identification of the dead - all Africans - is very difficult. All of the injured, except the four train crew, were also Africans.

    The crash occurred when the crowded train left the rails as it rounded a curve near Malmesbury in the western Cape province.

    Police and railway teams sifted through the wreckage of the train to try to trace the cause of the crash. A police spokesman said, however, that no signs of sabotage had been found.

    The spokesman added that the investigation would continue around the clock "until we know what happened."
    SYNOPSIS: The twisted steel that became the graveyard for forty-eight Africans last weekend. A crowded train left the rails as it rounded a curve near Malmesbury in South Africa's western Cape Province. The dead, and one hundred and fifty injured, were all Africans. Four white train crew were also injured. Police and railway teams say they have found no signs of sabotage. However, a spokesman says that the investigation will continues around the clock until, as he put it: "We know what happened."
    In all, seven coaches were derailed and dozens of bodies were trapped beneath the wreckage as rescue workers toiled desperately to reach them. Because of what one railway official has described as "a horrible jigsaw puzzle of bodies and remains", identification of the dead is proving very difficult.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEK9PJG1UD780GWOSNS2Y2PT5G
    Media URN:
    VLVAEK9PJG1UD780GWOSNS2Y2PT5G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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