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Train accident injures 6 in Doornfontein, East of Johannesburg, S.Africa

An empty Metrorail train derailed at Cape Town Station on 22 December 2013. Picture: Supplied
There has been a train accident in Doornfontein, east of Johannesburg. 
Johannesburg emergency services say six people have been injured after a Metrorail train derailed on its way from park station this afternoon. 
When paramedics arrived on the scene part of the train had come off the rails. 
Spokesperson Nana Radebe said, “There are six patients who were taken to hospital with minor injuries.”
Metrorail says its train services have been delayed by at least two hours following the accident. 
The operator says it is not yet certain what caused the accident but technicians are on the scene. 
Spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said, “All trains from Springs, Leralla, Pretoria and Daveyton are running late.”
Courtesy of ewn.co.za

Severe hailstorm the size of golf balls strikes parts of Australia

Severe Weather Alert

HAILSTONES as big as golf balls bucketed down on Hunter rooftops on Wednesday afternoon as a powerful thunderstorm ripped through the region, cutting power to homes and forcing the cancellation of train services. 
The wild weather rolled in from the south-west, bringing with it heavy rain, gale-force winds and lightning strikes. 
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of the east coast and Hunter residents began to batten down the hatches. 
The State Emergency Services said they received reports of hail falling across Newcastle, Maitland and Cessnock, with readers capturing images of white-covered backyards at Cameron Park and Maryland. 
The bureau said hail the size of 20¢ pieces were reported to have fallen at Edgeworth, while Ausgrid passed on word of ‘‘golfball-sized’’ hail at Cessnock.
Train services between Fassifern and Broadmeadow were cancelled on Wednesday night after lightning strikes ‘‘affected signals’’ near Cardiff Railway Station, a spokesman for the Transport Management Centre said.
Bus companies were called in to transport hundreds of people heading home from work. 
Meanwhile,  strong winds cut power to more than 1100 homes at Fern Bay and Stockton, 1500 homes at Ashtonfield, East Maitland, Bolwarra Heights and Largs, and 1300 at Wallsend and Elermore Vale. 
Ausgrid had emergency crews working overtime to restore power to all suburbs affected. 
But despite the wild conditions, SES crews had only been called to only 11 jobs between 5am and 6pm, a spokeswoman told the Newcastle Herald. 
She said the majority of jobs were clearing branches off roads and rooftops.