World 200 injured in commuter train crash outside Johannesburg

12:06  09 january  2018
12:06  09 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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JOHANNESBURG – A South African emergency response group says around 200 people have been injured in a train crash on the outskirts of Johannesburg . A statement from ER24 says there are no fatalities in the crash Tuesday morning at a commuter train station in Germiston.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African emergency response group says around 200 people have been injured in a train crash on the outskirts of Johannesburg . A statement from ER24 says there are no fatalities in the crash Tuesday morning at a commuter train station in Germiston.

JOHANNESBURG — A train crash on the outskirts of South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg, left more than 200 people injured, emergency responders said Tuesday morning.

At least 226 people were taken to hospitals "but most with minor injuries," said Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for the city's emergency management service.

No one died in the crash at a commuter train station in Germiston, emergency response group ER24 said in a statement.

One train carriage derailed. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear but authorities were on the scene and investigating, ER24 said.

A passenger train crash last week south of Johannesburg killed at least 18 people and injured about 260. Authorities said the train carrying people home after the holidays slammed into a truck that was trying to cross the tracks in time.

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