Denver train crash
28 April 2015
Denver station, Johannesburg
26°12′21″S 28°05′49″E / 26.20583°S 28.09694°E / -26.20583; 28.09694
Johannesburg – Pretoria
Type of incident
The Denver train crash occurred on 28 April 2015 when a passenger train ran into the rear of another at Denver station, Johannesburg, South Africa. One person was killed and about 240 were injured. Damages were R 17.5 million ($1.4M, €1.3M, or £960k as of May 2015).
At 07:10 local time (05:10 UTC), a passenger train ran into the rear of another at Denver station. One person was killed and around 240 were injured, two seriously. The trains were a Metro Plus train with 700 people on board, and a Business Express train with 200 people on board. The Business Express train was travelling from Pretoria to Park Station, Johannesburg, as was the Metro Plus train. The Metro Plus train was stationary at the station. The person killed was a security guard on the Metro Plus train. The driver of the Business Express train was airlifted to hospital.
The two trains involved were Metroplus Express Train 0600 and Business Express Train 1602, both of which are operated by PRASA Rail. PRASA operates commuter rail services as Metrorail. Metrorail operates in the Gauteng province of the country as as separate region, known as Metrorail Gauteng. Within Metrorail Gauteng, the accident happened on the line serving Pretoria, Kempton Park, Germiston and Johannesburg. Business Express is the luxury commuter service brand of Metrorail.
The Railway Safety Regulator investigated the accident. They were expected to release a statement on 29 April.
The RSR released a final report on the incident in March of 2016.
The driver of the leading train, the Metroplus Express 0600 had stopped at a signal at Denver station at 7:06 because the driver could not read the signal due to the bright sunlight. He tried to contact the Centralised Traffic Control Office at George Goch via radio, but the communications systems were out of service at the centre due to a power failure.
Meanwhile the following train was travelling over the speed limit at about 91 kilometres per hour (57 mph)