Thursday, October 27, 2005

Famous Blue Train in Crash.


SA's luxury Blue Train in smash

The Blue Train travels through some spectacular landscapes. South Africa's luxury Blue Train has been involved in a head-on collision with another passenger train. At least 10 people were injured when the Trans Karoo express collided with the Blue Train in the central Karoo region on Wednesday night.
Reports say the Trans Karoo was diverted onto a track where the Blue Train was stationary. The Blue Train carries mostly foreign tourists between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Trans Karoo is the regular passenger service on the same route. The accident took place shortly after 2300 local time (2100 GMT), 20 km from the railway junction of De Aar. No deaths have been reported, and there are conflicting reports concerning injuries.
A spokesman for the partly state-owned transport company Transnet told South African Broadcasting Corporation radio that 10 people were injured, including some railway employees.
Earlier reports suggested a greater number of injuries. Two Japanese tourists are reported to be among the injured.

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