At least 18 people charred to death in SA train accident

ABHISHEK BAJPAI 05/01/2018 13:29:23


Johannesburg, Jan 5: At least 18 people were charred to death and 260 others injured when a passenger train collided with a truck in rural South Africa.
The incident occurred when the truck driver allegedly attempted to cross the track just ahead of the upcoming train resulting in derailment, officials said, adding, some passengers were trapped in the carriages. 
"The truck driver was taking chances. He thought that he was going to pass through," Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said.
"Little did he know that the train was going to hit him. That has cost a lot of lives," he added.
Some of the dead were badly burned, said Mthuthuzeli Swartz, acting CEO of the state-owned passenger rail agency.
The train, carrying 429 passengers, had been traveling from Port Elizabeth to the country's commercial hub of Johannesburg.
The collision occurred between the communities of Hennenman and Kroonstad in Free State province. It derailed half a dozen carriages, and power lines were damaged.


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