May 20, 2011 / 12:06 PM / 9 years ago

South Africa commuter train crash injures more than 700

Emergency service workers tend to an injured passenger on a stretcher after a train accident in Soweto May 19, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 700 people were injured, 70 of them seriously, when two South African commuter trains collided in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg, officials said Friday.

Almost all of the injured have been treated and released from hospital, the Railway Safety Regulator said in a statement. No fatalities were reported.

The accident took place during the Thursday evening commute when a packed train collided with another that was stopped at a station, it said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately know, the agency said adding that “investigations of this nature can take anything from three weeks up to a few months.”

Reporting by Jon Herskovitz and Ed Stoddard

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