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6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

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6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

Six people have been injured in a collision between a passenger and a freight train on a stretch of track that runs close to the R502 outside Leeudoringstad in the North West Province on Saturday morning.

6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

According to ER24, paramedics arrived on the scene just after 5 am along with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Fire Department and found that several coal cars had derailed in the collision and the passenger train’s engine had caught fire.

6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

The fire was quickly extinguished by the Fire Department.

6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

“Luckily very few people were on board the passenger train and only six people in total were treated for minor injuries. Two men in their 30s were transported through to a private hospital in Klerksdorp for further care. The other four were treated on-scene by the Provincial Services but declined transportation to the hospital,” said ER24.

6 people injured in North West freight and passenger train collision

The cause of the collision is unknown, the relevant rail authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

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Source: News365