At least 18 people died and some were 254 injured as a train carrying hundreds of holiday commuters coming back from their Christmas and New Years vacations collided with a truck on Thursday morning near Kroonstad in the Free State. The incident happened at about 9 am local time (7 am GMT). The Shosholoza Meyl train travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg went off the tracks and caught... Еще alight after the truck did not break at a level crossing and hit the carriages. Provincial fire-fighters and medical services were the first to arrive on the scene where several carriages could be seen overturned. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) blamed the collision on human error. Prasa CEO Mthuthuzeli Swartz believes that the truck drive has much to answer for. «Truck that was supposed to stop at a level crossing failed to obey the stop sign, he said continuing, «And this is what led now to more than 250, in fact the number is 254 people that got injured as a result of this. And 18 fatalities, people who got trapped in the wreckage and they bent to death.» Swartz told Ruptly that Prasa would be assisting the families and victims if they chose to take legal action against the driver or the company that owns the truck. Of a total of 15 carriages seven caught fire — trapping passengers inside the mangled wreckage in what has been described by Prasa as one of the biggest accidents of its kind in South Africa.