Train derails in Johannesburg, injuring 8

Train derails in Johannesburg, injuring 8
# 08 January 2013 22:43 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A passenger train derailed in the black township of Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, injuring eight passengers, authorities said on Tuesday, APA reports.

The eight passengers jumped off the train when they saw smoke and thought it was on fire, according to Johannesburg emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi.

One person was critically injured and seven sustained minor knee injuries, Mulaudzi said.

However, the local media gave conflicting reports about what happened to the passengers.

The South African Press Association quoted Metrorail provincial manager Thembela Khulu as saying no one had jumped from the train and that the passengers had been "treated for shock".

She said no one was injured in the accident and the smoke was not from the train.

The smoke seen by passengers was from a grass-fire alongside the railway tracks, Khulu said.

She said the cause of the derailment was not yet known. "We don't know at the present moment. Technicians are on the site as we speak. It is not something major."