Brazil train collision leaves 158 injured, seven hospitalised

Two trains serving Brazil’s much-criticised commuter rail service have collided outside Rio de Janeiro, injuring 158 people, authorities say.

The accident occurred when a train stopped at a station was struck from behind by another in Mesquita, 34 kilometres outside Rio, state transportation chief Carlos Osorio said.

The Supervia commuter service is the target of regular criticism from users who deride its often dilapidated infrastructure.

Its carriages do not have air conditioning even in the stifling heat of a Southern Hemisphere summer.

Osorio added that Supervia would be fined over the incident but did not specify how much.

Rescue authorities said most of those hurt had suffered minor injuries, including cuts and bruises.

A spokesman said seven people remained in hospital but their condition was stable.