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Train derailment: Five remain in hospital

At least 16 people were injured at the Elandsfontein station earlier on Friday.

A train derailed near Elandsfontein station en route from Pretoria to Johanneburg. Picture: @MedixGauteng via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Eleven of the 16 people injured in a train derailment at the Elandsfontein station have been discharged from hospital, Metrorail confirmed on Friday.

Two people were seriously injured in the incident.

It is understood a locomotive and passenger carriage derailed just after 7am on Friday morning, leaving many stranded.

The incident resulted is travel delays for most of the day on lines between Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The rail operator also says it has commissioned an investigation into the cause of the derailment.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says, "We were successful in terms of opening the two lines where the accident occurred. The other two lines are still closed until they are completely safe to operate."

In late December, 11 people were injured when two trains collided at the Berea Road station in Durban.

At least one person was critically injured in the crash.

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