18 Dead, 260 Injured, as Passenger Train Crashes in South Africa

 

 

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AT least 18 people have been killed in South Africa after a train carrying people home after the holidays slammed into a truck on Thursday.

 

Authorities said about 260 others were injured.

Officials said the truck driver apparently tried to cross the tracks just ahead of the train, part of which burst into flames after the collision, trapping some passengers in carriages.

Those who were able to escape with their luggage hurriedly dragged bags from the smoking wreck to a nearby road.

Some of the dead were badly burned.

The train with 429 passengers aboard had been traveling from Port Elizabeth to the country’s commercial hub, Johannesburg.

Video showed part of the Shosholoza Meyl train in flames after the collision that occurred between the communities of Hennenman and Kroonstad in Free State province.

 

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