More than 100 injured as commuter trains collide in South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — More than 100 commuters and crew members were injured Tuesday when two commuter trains collided head-on near Booysens station in the south of Johannesburg.

TimesLIVE of South Africa quotes a spokeswoman for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa as saying, “"A total 112 commuters — mostly without valid train tickets — sustained minor injuries and seven with serious but not critical injuries are receiving medical attention at four local various hospitals."  The news site also reports four crew member sustained minor injuries.

An acting manager for Metrorail Gauteng, whose trains were involved, said the accident “happened while the trains were authorised manually in the section due to a signalling upgrade programme that is under way.”

The full TimesLive report is available here.

Metrorail operates a 3-foot, 6-inch gauge system with overhead electrification from three hubs in Johannesburg.

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