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Friday 20 April 2018

Scores injured in train crash outside Johannesburg

The scene of a train crash near Kroonstad, South Africa, on January 4 in which at least 18 people were killed (AP)
The scene of a train crash near Kroonstad, South Africa, on January 4 in which at least 18 people were killed (AP)

A train collision on the outskirts of South Africa's commercial hub Johannesburg has left more than 200 people injured, emergency responders said.

At least 226 people were taken to hospital "but most with minor injuries", said Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for the city's emergency management service.

No one died in the crash at the Geldenhuis station, emergency response group ER24 said in a statement.

One Metrorail train rear-ended another which had failed as a result of a technical problem, the railway safety regulator said in a statement.

The regulator blamed human error for sending the second train to the same platform, as the usual signalling system on that section of track had cable problems.

Of those hurt, 159 people had minor injuries and 67 had moderate ones, the statement said.

Another passenger train crash last week south of Johannesburg killed at least 18 people and injured about 260.

Authorities said the train carrying people home after the Christmas holidays slammed into a truck trying to cross the tracks.

The transport minister has ordered an inquiry into why five of the train coaches caught fire after the derailment, the railway safety regulator said.

AP

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