Minister inspects train crash site

2013-01-31 13:13
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Pretoria - Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins visited the scene of the train collision, near the Kalafong railway station, in Pretoria, on Thursday morning.

He and an entourage including provincial transport officials walked on the railway lines towards the wreckage of the two trains.

Police at the scene said one of the trains was stopped between Cor Delfos and Saulsville when another train rammed it from behind around 07:00.

Emergency workers at the scene were still attending to injured passengers by 10:00.

Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said one of the train drivers was critically injured.

"The man was airlifted to a hospital. We had about 20 people who were seriously injured and about 150 walking injured," he said.

Scores of journalists and paramedics were on the scene.

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