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Two fatalities after King William’s Town train crash

It’s believed a Shosholoza Meyl train collided with a goods train close to the Peelton station.

FILE: Emergency service workers are treating some patients on the scene. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Two people, including a Prasa employee, have died and seven others are seriously injured after two trains collided just outside King William's Town in the Eastern Cape.

The provincial health department dispatched 20 ambulances and three helicopters to the scene.

It's believed a Shosholoza Meyl train collided with a goods train close to the Peelton station.

Officials say jaws of life had to be used to free the Prasa employee.

The provincial health department's Sizwe Kupelo said, "Once they used the jaws of life they discovered the body and another person was rescued alive and later flown to East London for medical treatment. The total number of people conveyed to hospital is now standing at 67."

Kupelo says some of the injured have been hospitalised.

"We are referring patients to various hospitals, some to East London and King William's Town."