Arsonists Set Alight Blue Train Coach, One Suspect Arrested, Two On The Run

Blue train
ARSON ATTACK: Inside the coach that was gutted by fire that was started deliberately

Arsonists set alight a coach on the Blue Train early Tuesday morning and one of the three suspects seen fleeing from the scene has been arrested.

“Transnet SOC Ltd (Transnet) is investigating the cause of a fire which broke out in a coach of the Blue Train early this morning, while the train was in for repairs at the company’s Engineering facility in Koedoespoort,” said Transnet SOC Ltd in a statement issued by Spokesperson Ayanda Shezi.

“Three people were seen fleeing the scene. One person was apprehended by Transnet security personnel and handed over to the police.

“Two other people are still at large.”

The coach set alight was involved in a derailment last November and had been at Koedoespoort for repairs.

“Transnet has almost completed the investigation into the cause of the November derailment, and as such, today’s incident will not impact the investigations,” said Shezi.

Lately, arson incidents have been on the rise.

Several buildings including Parliament and the nearby St Georgies Cathedral have recently been set alight by arsonists.


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