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Last Updated: Monday, 13 November 2006, 14:39 GMT
SA train crash kills farm workers
Scene of train accident near Cape Town, South Africa
The fatalities were workers on a vineyard, say paramedics
At least 27 people have been killed in South Africa after a train collided with a truck carrying farm workers, the South African Press Association says.

The truck was crossing rail tracks near Somerset West, just outside Cape Town, when the accident happened shortly before 0800 local time (0600 GMT).

At least six other workers were injured in the crash. Three were in a critical condition, paramedics said.

Witnesses said the truck stalled at a level crossing, which had no barriers.

The rail company, Metrorail, said no-one on the train was hurt, but many of the passengers were suffering from shock.

'Bang and smoke'

More than 30 people - workers from a local vineyard - were travelling on the truck, paramedics said.

We saw that the front part of the train was now the back part of the lorry
Stevlan Meyer, 22, commuter

An eyewitness, Ray Weyer, said passengers on the train heard a bang and saw smoke.

"They all descended from the train and walked toward the nearest station," he told South African radio.

The train was bound for Cape Town and Metrorail say rail services on that line will be suspended for several hours.

Last year, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said the number of level crossing accidents in South Africa was unacceptable.


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