Dozens injured in train collision in Tunisia

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The injured suffered broken bones and bruises, but fortunately no casualties were reported, according to the civil defense spokesman.

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Tunisia’s aging rail system has seen several fatal accidents in recent years. (Reuters)

A head-on collision between two passenger trains injured 95 people in the south of the Tunisian capital, emergency services said.

“The injured were taken to hospitals and there were no fatalities,” civil defense spokesman Moez Triaa told AFP on Monday, adding that only one of the trains was carrying passengers.

Most of the injured suffered broken bones and bruises, none of which were life-threatening, he said.

Many were in shock, he added, adding that about fifteen ambulances had been dispatched to treat the injured or take them to hospital.

The incident occurred at 09:30 local time (08:30 GMT) in the Jbel Jelloud area, approaching a terminus in central Tunis.

An AFP journalist on the spot noted that the front of one of the trains had collapsed.

Tunisia’s aging rail system has seen several fatal accidents in recent years.

At least five people were killed and more than 50 injured in late 2016 when a train slammed into a public bus before dawn near the scene of Monday’s crash.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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