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18 killed, 239 injured in South Africa passenger train crash

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-01-05 14:23
Photo taken with a mobile phone shows the site of a train crash in South Africa's Free State province on Jan 4, 2018. A passenger train slammed into a truck in South Africa's Free State province on Thursday, killing 18 people and injuring 239 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

JOHANNESBURG - A passenger train slammed into a truck in South Africa's Free State province on Thursday, killing 18 people and injuring 239 others.

The Emergency Services confirmed that the Shosholoza Meyl Train 37012 was traveling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, when it hit a truck at Jeneva level crossing between Henneman and Kroonstad in Free State province.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said the derailment left 18 people burned to death and 239 injured.

Firefighters and medical personnel have rushed to the scene to help the victims.

Footages sent by passengers from the scene shows a number of carriages laid on the ground and engulfed in flames.

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