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Metrorail to probe train derailment

Metrorail will be setting up an inquiry into the cause of the derailment and the damage costs.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Railway operator, Metrorail says it's investigating the cause of a train derailment that left 16 people injured and disrupted train services between Johannesburg and Pretoria on Friday.

A locomotive and passenger carriage derailed just after 7am on Friday morning at the Elandsfontein train station.

All those injured, including the driver and his assistant, were taken to hospital.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says, "At this stage we don't know the cause of the accident. We will be setting up a board of inquiry so that we can get to the bottom of the real cause of the accident and the cost of the damages."

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.