South African train crash injures 857: rail operator

20th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A train collision in Johannesburg's Soweto township injured 857 commuters, two of them critically, but killed no one, the South African rail operator said Friday.

"We have around 857 people that were injured," Metrorail acting regional manager Douglas Chauke told AFP about the accident which took place around 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) Thursday.

"Out of the 857 that were injured, only two were critically injured, the rest were minor injuries."

The accident occurred when a passenger train smashed into a stationary train during the peak rush hour period.

© 2011 AFP

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