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Transport Minister: Rail safety a top priority

A guard died and a train driver was airlifted to hospital after this morning’s deadly crash.

Paramedics and emergency services rush to help those trapped inside the two trains that collided at Denver Station, south east of Johannesburg on 28 April 2015. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says rail safety remains a top priority and everything will be done to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted into this morning's deadly train crash.

One train crashed into the rear end of another parked at the Denver Station just after 7am.

A metro guard was killed and a female train driver was airlifted to hospital, while 240 others were injured.

LISTEN: 'Many of the 240 injured released from hospital'

Peters visited the scene a short while ago.

"This accident should not be something that says to people: don't use trains. Prasa has a good track record in terms of Metro Rail technical operations and it has never had this type of magnitude of crash. For us it a shock to our own system."

ER24's Russell Meiring described the scene that emergency workers encountered when they arrived.

"ER24 paramedics as well as other services arrived on the scene and found the two wrecked trains over the entire train yard. On inspection, paramedics found a multitude of injured patients lying all around the scene. One woman had remained trapped inside the train between a wall and required advanced life support."

CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said today's tragedy affected a number of people, with 240 injuries, two of which are critical, and one fatality.

Metrorail, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, the South African Police Services and paramedics were on scene to make sure those caught up in this morning's collision were freed from the wreckage and transported to hospital.

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