Mountain View train collision

The Mountain View train collision occurred on 8 January 2019 when two passenger trains collided at Mountain View station, Pretoria, South Africa. Four people were killed and more than 600 others were injured.

Mountain View train collision
Date8 January 2019
LocationMountain View station, Pretoria
CountrySouth Africa
Incident typeHead-on collision


The accident occurred at about 09:30 on 8 January 2019 when two passenger trains were involved in a collision at Mountain View station, Pretoria, South Africa.[1] It is unclear whether the accident was a head-on collision,[2] or a rear-end collision.[1] There were over 800 passengers on the two trains- Four people were killed and more than 620 were injured. Almost all of the injured sustained minor injuries, with some moderately injured.[3] Two critically injured victims were airlifted to hospital.[2] Many people were trapped in the wreckage, and fears were expressed that the casualty toll would grow as recovery operations took place.[3]


An investigation was opened into the accident.[3] Vandalism and cable theft were suggested as causes for the accident.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Heiberg, Tanisha. "Pretoria train crash: At least three people killed and hundreds injured in South Africa capital". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Drewett, Zoe. "Two dead and 200 injured after trains crash head-on in South Africa". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Thom, Liezl. "4 killed, hundreds injured in rush hour train crash in South Africa". ABC News. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
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