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26 August 2010 :: 10:08:06 am 36582

Tragedy: 9 Children Die in South African Train-Bus Collision

Nine children were killed when the driver of their minibus drove around the barrier that had closed off the road to oncoming trains.
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Africa, 26th August 2010: A school minibus carrying thirteen children to school in the Blackheath area of Capetown, was hit by an oncoming train when the driver failed to stop at the crossing. Nine of the children aged between eight and eleven years were killed in the collision after the driver went around the boom instead of waiting until it was safe to continue.

Emergency services had to cut through wreckage in order to free two of the children, while grieving families broke down at the scene as they viewed the partially destroyed vehicle. The driver who was seriously injured in the incident may have charges of homicide brought against him say Cape Town police.

Police investigating the incident said that all precautionary measure were in place and the crossing is protected by signs, signals, flashing lights and booms that were all working correctly. Preliminary investigations point toward negligence by the driver for failing to stop until the train had passed. No one was said to have been injured on the train.

Condolences were sent out to the grieving families by the President and Transport Minister who are currently on a state visit to China. The minibus taxi service is privately owned and provides most of the public transport in South Africa, but it is plagued by the lack of safety standards and bad drivers. Road fatalities are among the highest in the world.

Reggie Colbeck

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