SA passenger train derailed

The Shosholoza passenger train between Johannesburg to Cape Town derailed early Wednesday morning outside Kimberley, injuring more than 100 people.

The incident happened just after midnight at Modderrivier, a small town next to the N12 highway about 32 kilometres from Kimberley. Seven coaches overturned.

Although details surrounding the cause of the accident are still sketchy, it is believed that work was being conducted on the stretch of rail where it happened.

Injured passengers were quickly assisted by Transnet personnel at the scene shortly after the accident and a fleet of ambulances were dispatched to transport the injured to the Kimberley Hospital Complex.

About eight ambulances from ER24, Netcare 911 and the provincial ambulance service had to make several trips between the crash site and Kimberley.

While most passengers only sustained light injuries, the driver of the train was thrown out and seriously injured.

Source: DFA