Passenger trains collide in Soweto

Two trains ferrying several hundred passengers collided head-on in Meadowlands, Soweto on Thursday evening.

Johannesburg emergency service spokesperson, Synock Matobako, said about 300 passengers in all were involved. He knew of at least three people who had been seriously hurt, but he had not viewed all of the wreckage site as yet.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndau said two trains travelling from Mzimhlophe and Phomolong respectively collided around 5.30pm.

“We can say that there are no deaths but there are injuries … the details are still coming in,” he said.

Additional ambulances were being called in from around Gauteng to assist commuters who were injured in the train collision in Meadowlands, Soweto, Johannesburg paramedics said on Thursday evening.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said several hundred passengers had spilled from the doors of both trains and were found lying on an adjacent train track.

“The trains collided but haven’t derailed. We have several injured people who are unable to move in the train coach … we are assisting the injured but we have called in extra resources,” he said. — Sapa

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