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300 injured in S. Africa rail crash

Pretoria: Two passenger trains packed with school kids and rush-hour commuters collided near the South African capital Pretoria on January 31, injuring up to 300 persons, medics said.

The accident took place when a commuter train heading from the suburbs to the capital ploughed into a stationary train on the same track.

Medical workers said up to 300 people had been treated for various degrees of injury. “Both the trains were full of commuters and between them were lots of schoolchildren on the way to school,” said Pieterse.