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Report expected on Denver train crash

The Railway Safety Regulator is expected to release its findings on the crash in the next few hours.

FILE: EMS are still trying to free the trapped train driver at Denver station. Picture: @MedixGauteng

JOHANNESBURG - As a train driver fights for her life in hospital, some clarity is expected on Wednesday on what caused the deadly Metrorail crash in Denver, south eastern Johannesburg.

A rail guard was killed and a train driver airlifted to hospital on Tuesday morning after a Tshwane Business Express train crashed into the back of a stationary Metro Plus train just after 7am at the Denver Station.

At least 240 people were hurt during the collision.

WATCH: Metrorail trains collide

The Railway Safety Regulator is expected to release its preliminary findings on the crash in the next few hours while the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will hold a briefing later this morning.

A signalling issue and driver error have both been flagged as potential reasons for the incident.

PICTURE: Two trains collided at Denver station, South of Johannesburg on 28 April 2015. Picture: @Nicol3tt300

Meanwhile, commuters involved in the crash have been encouraged to go to the Park and Pretoria Stations where assistance will be offered.

Many Gauteng residents won't be able to use the same public transport system to get to work as the Denver line has been closed following the crash.

PICTURE: Metrorail has confirmed that emergency services are treating commuters at the Denver station south east of Johannesburg where two trains have collided on 28 April 2015. Picture: ER24

Shuttles have been made available to assist commuters, but it could take some time to reopen the section where the crash occurred.

Prasa's Lucky Montana said they are making themselves available to all who still may need medical assistance.

"For the many people with minor injuries, they don't need any lawyer. They can come directly to Park Station or Pretoria Station, we will have a walk-in facility that we created."

[LISTEN] An eyewitness describes what he saw and heard.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the accident is unprecedented and a full investigation will take place but has placed emphases on the fact that trains are in the process of being modernised to avoid such collisions.

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