Over 200 injured in South Africa train crash

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Hassan Isilow

JOHANNESBURG (AA) – Over 200 train passengers were injured after two trains collided in Germiston town east of Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

Lillian Mofokeng, spokeswoman of the Metrorail Company, told Anadolu Agency that 226 commuters had been injured in the accident.

“The incident happened at approximately 7.45 a.m. local time (0545GMT) when two Metrorail commuter trains collided at Geldenhuis station,” Mofokeng said.

The cause of the incident has yet to be ascertained.

“A board of inquiry will be instituted to determine the root cause of the accident, ” the spokeswoman added.

Train accidents have become common in South Africa in the past years. Last week, 19 people were killed after a train derailed and collided with a truck in Kroonstad city in the Free State province, 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Johannesburg.