A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 12 people and injuring 268, officials have said.

According to BBC News, video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, by a crushed car and an overturned truck. Evacuated passengers were seen standing on the roadside with luggage.

The collision occurred near Kroonstad city in Free State province, after the truck failed to stop at a crossing, a passenger told South African media.

About 850 passengers had been safely evacuated from the train, police were quoted as saying.

The driver of the truck tried to flee, but was arrested by police.

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