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South Africa: More than 300 injured after train collision

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Officials in South Africa say more than 300 people sustained injuries when a moving train crashed into a stationary train on Thursday evening.

The incident occurred at a station in Kempton Park in Johannesburg. The moving train with passengers was traveling to the capital Pretoria.

32 of the 320 commuters has sustained serious injuries according Metro rail officials.

News24 quotes Gauteng Metrorail Spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng as saying that “The Metrorail train crews of both sets are also getting medical attention.”

South African officials are now investigating the cause of the accident.

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Mofokeng says “Metrorail technical teams will be working around the clock to recover the site. The cost of the accident is still unknown at this stage.”

“Metrorail would like thank commuters for their support and understanding during this difficult time and sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused,” Mofokeng added.

In January this year there was a similar train accident in Johannesburg. It injured 200 people.


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