Over 200 People Reportedly Injured After Trains Collide in South Africa

Emergency personnel on the scene of the accident

Emergency personnel on the scene of the accident

About 200 people have been injured when two passenger trains collided in a suburb of South Africa's main city Johannesburg, emergency services network ER24 said.

No one died in the crash at the Geldenhuis commuter train station, emergency response group ER24 said in a statement.

The announcement by Gauteng Metrorail comes after two Metrorail commuter trains collided at the Geldenhuys Station at about 7.45am. "These trains were both traveling on the same line towards Springs from Johannesburg", Mofokeng said.

Causes of the incident remain unknown.

Mofokeng said there were initial reports that cable theft might have been the cause of the accident, but said that Metrorail will be investigating all possible scenarios as there was no evidence to support claims that cable theft might be directly linked to the accident.

Of those hurt, 159 people had minor injuries and 67 had moderate ones, the statement said.

Police have launched a manslaughter investigation following a similar train crash last Thursday that killed at least 18 people and injured 254 others in one of the country's worst ever rail disasters.

Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that one of the carriages had derailed, but had not overturned.

Metrorail has set up a walk-in centre at 30 Wolmarans Street, Umjantshi House in Braamfontein, Johannesburg for commuters who were involved in the accident.

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