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Hundreds injured in Soweto train crash

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-20

Hundreds of people were injured, two of them seriously, when a commuter express hit a stationary train in Johannesburg’s Soweto Township during rush hour, South Africa’s rail operator said Friday.

AFP - Hundreds of people were injured, some seriously, when a commuter express smashed into a stationary train in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, South Africa’s rail operator said Friday.

Two people were in a critical condition after the crash, which happened during rush hour on Thursday as people made their way home from work, Metrorail said. There were no fatalities.

“We have around 857 people that were injured,” Metrorail acting regional manager Douglas Chauke told AFP.

“Only two were critically injured, the rest were minor injuries.”

The coaches remained on the tracks and most of the injured had already been discharged from hospital, he said.

“The train didn’t derail. There were actually minor damages to the infrastructure and also the train itself was damaged but not seriously.”

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Railway Safety Regulator, which said the passenger train was travelling toward Orlando when it hit a stationary Soweto Business Express train.

“The injured were assisted by emergency services at the scene and taken to nearby hospitals,” the regulator said in a statement.

The number of people onboard the train was unknown but Metorail’s carrying capacity ranges between 2,000 and 2,500 people.
 

Date created : 2011-05-20

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