Train accident claims 19 lives
At least 19 people were killed and 24 others injured when a truck collided with a train at a level crossing near Malelane this morning, Mpumalanga paramedics said.
Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the truck had been carrying farm workers on the N4 when it collided with the train at a level crossing between Malelane and Hectorspruit at about 7am.
Provincial community safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza said he could not confirm casualties until the forensic team had wrapped up their investigations.
He said the train dragged the truck for about 200 metres and there were bodies with limbs missing scattered on the ground.
“The train was a goods train and looks like it was transporting coal. The crash happened a few kilometres out of Hectorspruit,” he said.