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Inquiry set up to investigate EC train collision

67 people were hospitalised when a freight train and passenger train collided on Wednesday.

FILE: 67 people were hospitalised when a freight train and passenger train collided on Wednesday. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An inter-agency Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been set up to investigate Wednesday's train crash which claimed the lives of two people in the Eastern Cape.

Sixty-seven people, seven of them with serious injuries were hospitalised after a Transnet freight train and a Shosholoza Meyl train collided just outside King William's Town.

Officials say the jaws of life had to be used to free some people.

It's unclear how the trains ended up on the same track.

Transnet's Mike Asefovitz says this is what authorities are trying to establish.

"We've a joint BOI with Prasa and Transnet and then the railway safety regulator will also be investigating the accident."