South Africa train collision

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Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dozens of people have been injured and at least two have died after trains collided in South Africa.

The incident happened on Tuesday morning when two trains crashed in the capital Pretoria, an emergency services official said.

Charles Mabaso told Reuters: "We have got two confirmed fatalities, and we have got different emergency services on site."

A Pretoria police officer, who asked not to be named, told Times Live: "At the moment it appears that two people are dead, with a heck of a lot more badly injured.

"Emergency services are trying to reach the injured who are trapped inside the carriages."

The incident happened at around 10 am local time. Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said: "Reports from the scene indicate that on initial assessment two people had sadly died, two sustained critical injuries and had to be flown to the hospital via helicopter.

"Approximately another 200 patients sustained minor injuries. "Circumstances leading up to the collision are at this stage unknown, however, rail authorities and law enforcement have control over the incident."
Source: DORRIS

South Africa train collision Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: Transport
Response: None
Severity: Unknown
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 3
Injured: 641

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