What happens when respect for the law, and for property, is so degraded, and the desire to make money by any means available is so great, that lives don't matter? This happens.
A train derailed in Cullinan on Tuesday afternoon, 30 kilometres east of Pretoria [in South Africa].
According to Alika Steyn of Friends of the Rail, the derailment around 13:30 was due to stolen train tracks.
“About 400 passengers were on board when the train derailed,” she said.
She said they were only aware of two drivers who sustained minor injuries.
No other injuries were reported.
There's more at the link.
This is a tourist train, using an historic steam engine and vintage railway cars on an old branch line (similar to tourist trains in the Colorado Rockies, for example). Hundreds of people, many of them families with children, ride that line every day on these trips. They're probably major contributors to the local economy, but that didn't matter to the thieves. Neither did their lives or safety. The passengers and crew are incredibly fortunate that no-one was killed or badly hurt.
Here's a video report about the derailment.
I know that area reasonably well, from a few years spent in Pretoria in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief that the social fabric could have deteriorated to such an extent that scrap metal thieves could make off with an entire stretch of railway line - or that a scrap yard would be willing to buy it from them!
It's very, very sad to see my country of origin go to the dogs like this.