4 dead, several injured as Train collides with truck in South Africa

By BBC
Train collision in South Africa kills 4

A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing four people and injuring 40, rescue workers have said.

Video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, near an overturned truck and car.

Evacuated passengers were seen standing on the roadside with luggage.

The collision occurred near Kroonstad city in Free State province, after the truck failed to stop at a crossing, a passenger told local media.

Firemen and ambulances are at the scene, trying to extinguish the blaze.

Private emergency services company Netcare 911 said that four people had died and 40 others were wounded in the crash.

The train was travelling from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth to the commercial capital, Johannesburg, when the crash occurred.

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