South Africa trains collide, over 200 injured

A passenger train crashes into the back of another train leaving over 200 people wounded.

GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA (JULY 17, 2015) (REUTERS) – Over 200 people were injured on Friday (July 17) when a passenger train travelling near Johannesburg slammed into the back of another train, officials said.

Survivor and eyewitness Xolisile Khoza said the accident occurred when a train was stuck on the track.

“The train that was in front was stuck. When it was stuck, there was a train at the back of it that was given the right of way. The train coming from the back went straight in the one that was in the front causing a collision that caused coaches to split,” she said.

The spokeswoman for Metro Rail, Lillian Mofokeng, said 100 have already been released from hospital following the accident.

“There are two trains that have collided, we had around two hundred and thirty nine people that were injured, a hundred of those are already released from Hillbrow Hospital. I can confirm that all the others are still being attended to at various hospitals around Johannesburg and so far it is seven hospitals that are attending to the injured commuters,” she said.

“I can confirm that it is a rear-end collusion, two trains were travelling behind each other on a single track,” she added.

No fatalities were reported.

Train accidents and derailments are fairly common in Africa’s most advanced economy, which is grappling with infrastructure issues including frequent power shortages.