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Death toll rises after Shosholoza Meyl crash

The death toll has risen to 14 after the Shosholoza Meyl crashed into a truck and another vehicle before derailing on Thursday 4 January 2018. The accident happened at approximately 10am between Hennenman and Kroonstad in the Free State.

On arrival at the scene of the accident paramedics started treating the injured and evacuating passengers, while fire fighters battled a fire that broke out in one of the carriages and was busy spreading.

Several carriages overturned when the train derailed, causing injuries to passengers ranging from serious to mild. More than 700 passengers were safely evacuated from the train wreck.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


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