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Johannesburg - More than 80 commuters were injured when two trains collided in Durban on Tuesday, but no deaths were recorded, a spokesman from the national rail authority said.

“One train went into the back of the other train, but we are still waiting for the outcome of the full investigation,” a spokesman from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said.

Most of those injured suffered minor injuries and about 50 people went to the hospital, said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring.

Paramedics and provincial services had set up a disaster area to treat patients.

"Metrorail shut down its power lines so we can work," Meiring added.

Some patients were taken to Addington Hospital.

The cause of the accident would be investigated. - Reuters and Sapa