No fatalities were reported in the accident, which took place days after more than a dozen people were killed and hundreds injured when a train struck a truck, derailed and burst into flames in central South Africa.
South Africa has the continent’s largest railway network, but it has been plagued by mismanagement and under-investment that has seen train use dwindle despite it being the cheapest form of public transportation.
In a report, the government’s Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) said that, in the 2016/17 financial year, 495 people lost their lives on the country’s railways and 2,079 were injured. The death toll was up 5 percent from the previous year.
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