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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 January 2019

Pretoria train collision kills three and injures 82 in South Africa

Two trains collided near Mountain View train station in Pretoria

Emergency services are seen at the site of a train crash in Pretoria. Reuters
Emergency services are seen at the site of a train crash in Pretoria. Reuters

At least three people were killed and 82 injured in a train collision in South Africa on Tuesday, reports say.

The crash happened at 9:30 am at Mountain View train station in the north of Pretoria, South Africa's capital, when a packed commuter train careered into a stationary train.

"We have got two confirmed fatalities, and we have got different emergency services on site," Charles Mabaso, an emergency services official told Reuters.

"We do not rule out the possibility of additional fatalities as we search under the wreckage," he said.

Emergency responders said between 100 and 150 were injured in the collision and an air ambulance was called in to fly the injured to hospital.

Photos from the scene show scores of people lying on the floor being attended to my emergency services and a chain of derailed yellow and grey train carriages.

This is the latest in a series of train accidents in South Africa, which has the continent's largest railway network.

In October, 320 people were injured after a packed train travelling from Johannesburg to Pretoria crashed into the back of a stationary train.

More to follow

Updated: January 8, 2019 03:41 PM

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