Two trains set alight

Two Metrorail trains have been set alight in Mabopane, the company said on Friday.

Five coaches carrying passengers caught fire at Kopanong station while in Akasia only one coach was burnt down at 22:00 on Thursday. Both trains were enroute to Mabopane from Koedoespoort , Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said.

Mofokeng said the cause of the fire was unknown. Several other coaches were however vandalised. No injuries had been reported.

She said they were not able to assess the extent of the damage because of the rain, but it seemed severe.

Commuters were advised to organise alternative transport as the services in the Mabopane corridor were shut down until further notice.

“It will be impossible to operate trains in this corridor due to the severe nature of the damage of these trains and the electrical overhead cables…commuters are advised to make their own transport arrangements…,” Gauteng Metrorail manager Tembela Kulu said.