Around two hundred people are believed to be injured after a passenger train crashed into a lorry and burst into flames this morning.
Passengers were forced to jump from carriage windows and flee for their lives as the train filled with smoke after the smash at about 9am local time.
Emergency services say between 100 to 200 have been injured.
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The train crashed into a truck as it travelled from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, South Africa, local media reported.
Distressing video shows confused commuters wandering the fields and roads around the crash site as firefighters attempt to extinguish flames bursting out of the carriages.
The train was reportedly between Hennenman and Kroonstad in the Free State when the smash happened.
The South African Emergency Medical Service tweeted that paramedics were at the scene and dealing with at least ‘100 patients’.
Tiaan Esterhuizen‚ a passenger on the train‚ said he was told the train was ‘blowing its horn for a long time’ before the accident.
“We were in the restaurant section of the train eating breakfast when we felt a jerk and soon after the train came to a standstill‚” he told Maroela Media.
“Some of the people told me afterward they heard the train blowing its horn for a long time before the accident happened.”
Authorities have not yet confirmed if there were any fatalities.