UPDATE: 18 people burned to death in Free State train crash


Mortuary vans arrive at the scene where early on Thursday morning a truck skipping a level crossing caused a train accident that killed at least 16 people.

• Editor&39;s note: This article is updated each time new information becomes available.

JOHANNESBURG – Eighteen people have been confirmed as having burned to death in a collision involving a train and a truck in Kroonstad in the Free State.

Hundreds of people were injured in the incident which Prasa is describing as a tragic day.

According to the Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, the truck driver involved in the accident was "taking chances", which has resulted in the loss of lives. 



Passenger Seipati Moletsane said the train was traveling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg when the truck could not brake and hit the first and second carriage.

Footage by passengers from the scene shows a number of Shosholoza Meyl carriages engulfed in flames.



Passengers who are able to travel are being transported to Johannesburg by busses. 

Families who had loved ones onboard the train travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg can call the 24 hour line on 011 544 9623. Officials will be able to assist with names and hospital admissions.

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