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Angry commuters ‘hijack’ train after delays

schumi

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A mob of agitated commuters commandeered an entire passenger train in Durban on Wednesday night – forcing the driver to change his route.

The incident drew the attention of the police‚ with bemused officers called to respond to reports of a “hijacked” train which had left the station in Montclair in the south Durban basin.

The train had been bound for KwaMashu but the passengers‚ irked by delays on the line‚ coerced the train operator to head in the opposite direction to Umlazi.

Metrorail spokesman Zama Nomnganga told TimesLIVE that the train had not been hijacked‚ but rather forced to divert its route.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-07-12-angry-commuters-hijack-train-after-delays/
 

DrJohnZoidberg

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the train had not been hijacked‚ but rather forced to divert its route
I should try that on my next flight, had to fly to to Zurich to get to Dublin last time - would have been much quicker if the pilot just flew directly to Dublin. :D
 

ponder

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A mob of agitated commuters commandeered an entire passenger train in Durban on Wednesday night – forcing the driver to change his route.
Impossible, the train runs on tracks and the driver has no control over track switches.
 

gregmcc

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The train had been bound for KwaMashu but the passengers‚ irked by delays on the line‚ coerced the train operator to head in the opposite direction to Umlazi.
Imagine if there was a head on collision with deaths. Speechless!
 

access

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so irked about the slowness of going from a to b, they take control of it and make it go back to b

..can schooling even help with this
 

Solarion

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Perhaps they should stop burning them? Then there would be more available /shrug
Lack of maintenance. 50 year old infrastructure all along the signal lines. When it rains for example all the trains come to a standstill because of they used cheap and non waterproof shielding on the signal boxes and cabling systems.

The trains themselves are in a terrible state; floor boards lifting up, windows so dirty you can't see out of them, garbage lying everywhere, half the doors don't close and the ones that do don't open properly. You really need to take a PRASA train for a week or so to fully appreciate just how bad the state of our rail system is.
 
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