South Africa train crash: Four dead in truck collision

  04 January 2018    Read: 1131
South Africa train crash: Four dead in truck collision

A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing four people and injuring 40, rescue workers have said, BBC reports.

Video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, near an overturned truck and car.

Evacuated passengers were seen standing on the roadside with luggage.

The collision occurred near Kroonstad city in Free State province, after the truck failed to stop at a crossing, a passenger told local media.

The driver of the truck tried to flee, but was arrested by police, the passenger Seipati Moletsane told the privately owned eCNA news site.

"I was so traumatised. I was looking for a door just to jump out but every door was locked... All of a sudden, we saw smoke, smoke, smoke," Ms Moletsane added.

Firemen and ambulances are at the scene, trying to extinguish the blaze.

Private emergency services company Netcare11 said that four people had died and 40 others were wounded in the crash.

The train was travelling from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth to the commercial capital, Johannesburg, when the crash occurred.


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