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Metrorail technicians probing cause of Elandsfontein train crash

Two trains collided near the Elandsfontein station on Thursday morning.

The pathology team arrive at the scene where two trains collided near the Elandsfontein station in Johannesburg on Thursday morning leaving one person dead and over 100 injured. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail says its technicians are investigating the exact cause of a crash in Ekurhuleni in which one person died and at least 100 others were injured.

Two trains collided near the Elandsfontein station on Thursday morning.

Train services between Johannesburg and Pretoria have been suspended.

Metrorail's Tony Games says: “We received reports that two of our trains had collided, one was heading to Johannesburg and the other an empty coach in the yard heading to Tembisa.”

Games says they are working on arranging buses for the thousands of stranded commuters.

“Our customer service managers are arranging buses to commute the commuters between the two destinations. Our technical team is working to open one line so that there’ll be movement.”

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services says that some of the 102 passengers injured in the train collision in Ekurhuleni are in a critical condition in hospital.

The identity of the person killed in the crash is still unknown.

Emergency services William Ntladi says they are waiting for the forensic team to arrive.

“The body is still on here; the investigation is still being conducted. Up until everything is cleared up by Prasa, together with Metrorail, together with South African police services, they will be removing the body to the necessary facilities.”

Officials have cordoned off the area where the two passenger trains collided while transporting commuters to work this morning.

Earlier, commuters were stranded at the Elandsfontein train station – but Metrorail has since arranged for buses to ferry them to their destinations.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)