Rescuers work to free passengers in deadly Pretoria train crash

Train crash in South Africa

Train crash in South Africa

At least three people have been confirmed dead, while hundreds of others have been left injured following a train collision at Mountain View station, Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

"The current fatalities stand at three, but it still might rise", said Mabaso.

"Numerous passengers were found either in the trains or found walking around on the scene", Russel Meiring, a spokesman for the ER24 emergency services, said in a statement.

In 2016-17, 495 people were killed on the country's railways according to the Railway Safety Regulator - an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.

As well as the four fatalities, two patients have been described as being in a critical condition.

More than 300 people have sustained minor injuries.

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"For now we don't have the full details of what caused the accident", Mofokeng said.

The two trains smashed into eachother in Pretoria, the capital.

Both trains were from Mabopane station and heading towards Pretoria station.

She said Metrorail was instituting an investigation into what happened. But I think there's a need now to immediately have a meeting with Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa).

Msimanga said the he planned to meet with the families of the deceased.

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