Transnet says export line closed after coal train derailed

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JOHANNESBURG – State-run South African freight group Transnet said on Thursday that a commodities export line was closed after a 200-wagon coal train derailed near Richards Bay.

“The export line has been closed to allow engineers and maintenance crew to re-rail the wagons and repair the line. The closure will impact all commodities that are transported on the line, like coal and chrome,” Transnet Freight Rail said in a statement.

“There is no estimated time of reopening at this stage but the intention is to open the one line that was not badly damaged as soon as possible so as to allow the flow of trains.”  (Reuters)