At least 300 injured in S Africa train crash

Over 300 people injured after train crash near Johannesburg in South Africa at peak hour

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 300 people were recorded as injured after two commuter trains crashed on Friday at peak hour in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city.

Nobody was killed in the collision, however of the 326 injuries, some were minor while others serious, according to Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for Johannesburg Emergency Services.

The accident took place in between two stations, near Booysens, at about 6:30pm local time (1630 GMT), Johannesburg’s busiest time of the day.

None of the injuries were noted as critical in the crash, as the moving commuter train collided with another that was stationary.

Firefighters are reportedly still in search of others who may be trapped between carriages.

Both trains were heading from the city centre of Johannesburg towards township of Soweto.

The first train had reportedly halted after receiving a signal, as the one coming from behind was still moving, soon before it rear-ended it.

One of the trains was somewhat derailed after the accident.

"What we do know is that one vehicle rear ended the other," said an official.

Every empty space in the crash scene was used by paramedics to treat injured passengers, before taking them to hospital.

A similar train accident happened in April, this time in the south of Johannesburg, in which 241 people were injured and the train’s conductor was killed.


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