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Govt. 'saddened' by Mpumalanga train crash

Forensics teams are still trying to gather evidence at the train crash scene in Mpumalanga.

Rescue personnel load a patient into a helicopter after a train & truck accident in Mpumalanga. Picture: ER24.

JOHANNESBURG - Government on Friday sent its condolences to the families of 19 farmworkers who died when their truck was struck by a goods train in Mpumalanga.

The truck was crossing a railway line between Malelane and Hectorspruit on Friday morning.

Forensic teams continued to gather evidence at the scene several hours later.

Government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said officials were deeply saddened by the crash, and wished those who survived a swift recovery.

Manyi said paramedics and other emergency workers who rushed to the accident should be commended for their work.

A woman who was at the scene said the bodies were "scattered everywhere."

"When I got to the scene I followed the ambulance. You could see the bodies lying under the train, and all over."

Paramedics said the truck was cleaved in two and flung away from the railway line.

It appears the truck driver may have survived.