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At least 200 injured in Germiston train collision

A train rear ended a stationary locomotive at the Geldenhuis train station on Tuesday morning.

Officials and rescue services personnel on the scene of a train crash in Germiston on 9 January, 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – At least 200 commuters have been injured in a train collision in Germiston.

A train rear-ended a stationary locomotive at the Geldenhuis train station on Tuesday morning.

ER24's Russel Meiring explains: “Fortunately there are no fatalities on the scene and as far as we know, none of the patients were trapped inside the train.”

An investigation into the collision is underway.

Metrorail says it is looking into whether cable theft was a factor.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says: “About 149 [people] were taken to various hospitals for treatment. I must emphasise that there are moderate injuries. We do not have any critical or serious injuries. No fatalities have since been reported.”

This incident follows the deadly Free State train crash last week.

At least 19 people were killed and hundreds more were injured when the train collided with a truck.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)