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Train tragedy in South Africa

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Train tragedy in South Africa


At least two people have been killed as a luxury tourist train sped out of control downhill and derailed in South Africa.

Up to 25 people were injured. The dead, both crew members, included a pregnant woman who went into labour. Her baby was still-born.

The train, run by Rovos Rail, came off the track near the capital Pretoria on a trip from Cape Town. Most of the dozens on board were American tourists, while others were from Europe.

Usually the train switches from an electric to a steam engine at the end of its journey. This was when the accident occurred.

The company uses restored antique trains for its holiday trips. Passengers and crew were advised to jump from the train as it ran downhill. Several were unable to get off in time; in all seventeen coaches derailed.

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