More than 640 hurt in South Africa train crash

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Posted: May 20, 2011 11:32 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A train crash injured more than 640 passengers Thursday night in South Africa's Soweto township outside Johannesburg, local media reported, citing emergency services.

South African news agency SAPA said two of the injured were in a critical condition. It said a train had apparently collided with a stationary one in Soweto, the country's biggest black township.

Commuter train accidents are a regular occurrence in South Africa. In 2009 almost 300 people were injured in two separate train accidents that occurred hours apart.

In 2006, 27 people were killed when a truck carrying farm workers collided with a commuter train at a railway crossing.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Marius Bosch)