Durban - Two people died when a train derailed following a landslide in Hillcrest west of Durban, paramedics said on Sunday.
"A man and a woman tragically died in the crash and were still trapped in the train wreckage," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.
He said that paramedics and the Durban fire department attended the scene at the Delville Wood train station and had to travel along a gravel road down the side of a mountain, cutting away fallen trees in order to access the wreckage of the goods train.
The bodies of the two victims were cut away from the twisted metal and handed over to police on the scene.
Heavy rain on Saturday night caused the landslide which, in turn, is believed to have caused the train to leave the tracks.