Two trains have collided south of Johannesburg, South Africa; at least 100 people are injured, according to BNO News. Later Folha 8 reported that the accident claimed lives of at least 17 people.
"Approximately 100 people have left injured this morning following a collision between two passenger trains in the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg… Fortunately, no serious injuries or fatalities were found. The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported by several services to nearby hospital," the paramedics said in a statement.
#TrainCollision Approximately 60 people were injured this morning, following a collision between two passenger trains in the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg. TJM— CapricornFM News (@CapricornFMNews) September 4, 2018
Witnesses said that some passengers were able to leave the damaged trains, the injured were treated inside by medics.
2 passenger metrorail trains collided at the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg this morning— Povo News (@povonewsafrica) September 4, 2018
Both trains were on the same track, coming from opposite directions when they collided outside the Booysen station
📹#chriseldalewis#SelbyTrainCrash #TrainCrash pic.twitter.com/fYZYdkc4fr
The details of the incident are not yet known, local authorities are on the scene.
In January, 226 people were injured in a train collision in the city of Germiston.