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400 people injured in rush hour commuter train crash

By PA Reporter

Published 18/07/2015

Doctors are treating people injured in a train crash in South Africa
Doctors are treating people injured in a train crash in South Africa

More than 400 people have been injured in a commuter train collision in South Africa.

Johannesburg emergency services spokeswoman Nana Radebe said about 90 people were rushed to nearby hospitals with minor to serious injuries.

The crash happened near Booysens station south of Johannesburg.

She said firefighters were last night searching for commuters who may still be stuck inside the train carriages.

No fatalities had been reported by late last night.

Ms Radebe said the trains were on the same track and it appears a moving train collided with a stationary one.

Pictures from the scene being shared on social media suggest some children are among the injured.

Lillian Mofokeng, the Metrorail spokeswoman for the Gauteng province, said the accident happened at rush hour between two stations, with both trains travelling from Johannesburg city centre to the township of Soweto.

Ms Mofokeng said authorities were still gathering information about the collision.

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