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Atteridgeville trains still suspended

Train services remain suspended from Pretoria to Atteridgeville following the train crash.

A mangled train, involved in an accident with another train in Atteridgeville on 31 January 2013. Picture: Netcare.

JOHANNESBURG - Train services remain suspended en route from Pretoria to Atteridgeville on Friday morning following a collision between two trains that left 300 people injured on Thursday.

At least two people died, 19 were in a critical condition and others were hospitalised when two passenger trains collided on Thursday morning.

One of the train operators was rescued from the carriage where he was trapped for two hours.

More than 20,000 people use the route daily, but Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said it has activated a contingency plan to make sure passengers were not left stranded.

Metrorail's Lillian Mofokeng said the train wreckage has still not been cleared off the railway.

"The line between Roseville and Electro is still closed until we are able to clear the damaged trains and repair the infrastructure that was damaged as a result of the accident."

However, she says there have been no disruptions to Metrorail's services.

"We have not experienced any disruptions as a result of the bus service that we are providing. Commuters are also very positive and responsive."

The rail company suspects the crash was caused by the theft of cables used for signalling, either by people stealing the cables or by striking workers sabotaging the track.

In 2011, 857 commuters were injured in Soweto when a passenger train smashed into a stationary train during the peak rush-hour period.