People still trapped under train wreckage in Pretoria

Train crash in South Africa

Train crash in South Africa

A local officer told Times Live: "At the moment it appears that two people are dead, with a heck of a lot more badly injured".

"The current fatalities stand at three, but it still might rise", said Mabaso.

African News Agency reports that there are conflicting reports about the number of deaths, with acting provincial police commissioner of Gauteng Major General Max Masha stating four people had died, while Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said the death toll still stood at three.

The train was reportedly carrying 800 passengers.

In 2016-17, 495 people were killed on the country's railways according to the Railway Safety Regulator - an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.

"Approximately another two hundred patients sustained minor injuries".

She said Metrorail was instituting an investigation into what happened.

"We are still going to investigate further and if we find that some people were negligent, a culpable homicide case will be opened and then we will take it from there", Masha said.

Mofokeng said buses would be available from the train stations where commuters usually board the train.

The scene of the train crash at Mountainview station in Pretoria on 8 January 2019.

The city's mayor, Solly Msimanga, sent his condolences to the victims' families via his official Twitter account.

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