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[LEEUDORINGSTAD] Passenger and freight train collide

Six people have been injured in a collision between a passenger and a freight train on a stretch of track that runs close to the R502 outside Leeudoringstad in the North West Province this morning.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 5:21 am along with the South African Police Services and the Fire Department. Several coal cars had derailed in the collision and the passenger train’s engine had caught fire. It was quickly extinguished by the Fire Department. Luckily very few people were on board the passenger train and only six people in total were treated for minor injuries. Two men in their 30s were transported through to a private hospital in Klerksdorp for further care. The other four were treated on-scene by the Provincial Services but declined transportation to the hospital.

The cause of the collision is unknown to ER24, but the Provincial Rescue Services as well as the relevant rail authorities were also on the scene for further investigations.