2005 Deelfontein train collision

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The Deelfontein rail crash was a head-on collision when the Shosholoza Meyl Trans Karoo express hit the stationary Blue Train at a crossing loop at Deelfontein in South Africa in October 2005.[1]

Although there were some serious injuries, there was no loss of life. The cause of the accident was found to be a wrong side failure in the signalling, caused by solder splatter in one of the interlocking relays.[2]


The signalling circuit improperly bridged by the solder splatter appears to have been single-switched. To prevent a recurrence, double switched circuits are proposed, also called secondary protection circuits.


  1. Crash: Baby found under seat, News24.com, 27 October 2005
  2. RailwaysAfrica Issue 1/2006

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