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Train Hits Minibus In S. Africa, Killing At Least 15

A train hit a minibus, killing at least 15 people and injuring six others near Durban in eastern South Africa on Monday.

The minibus which was overloaded hit the guard rail of a highway, landed on the railway line and was hit by an incoming train, said Zinhle Mngomezulu, spokesperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate.

Of the six injured, two were in a critical condition and two were in a serious condition, paramedics said.

It was not immediately clear whether it was a goods train or a passenger train had struck the minibus. No one aboard the train was injured.

Road accidents are not rare in South Africa and official figures show road accidents claim 14,000 lives every year.

South African authorities have vowed to achieve a 50 percent reduction in road accidents by 2020.

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