Monday 24 October 2016

One dead, 240 injured in South Africa train crash

Published 29/04/2015 | 13:53

At least one person was killed and 240 injured after two commuter trains collided in a suburb of South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg.

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Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one train crashed into the other in the suburb of Denver, Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng told a local radio station.

"We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. 

Local media reported that one of the trains had stopped at Denver station when it was hit from behind. 

Emergency services provider ER24 said in a statement that one person had died and 241 others suffered injuries. 

Train collisions and derailments are not uncommon in South Africa, often caused by cable theft on train lines or human error. 

Last year, more than 80 commuters were injured when two trains collided in the port city of Durban. In 2013, at least 300 people were hurt after passenger trains collided in Pretoria. 

The government has said it is in the process of overhauling the country's ageing rail network.

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