3 children killed at North West railway crossing

2014-03-21 08:18

North West police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after three children were killed when a train crashed into a car at a railway crossing, police said.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said yesterday that the driver of a Toyota Avanza was carrying 12 pre- and primary school children between Zinniaville and Rustenburg Noord.

“It is alleged that the driver decided to pass other motorists who were waiting at the train level crossing to allow an oncoming train to pass,” Mokgwabone said.

“The vehicle got stuck on the railway level crossing and the oncoming train hit and dragged it, resulting in the immediate death of an eight-year-old boy.”

Two more children were declared dead on arrival at the Job Shimkane Tabane hospital.

“The remaining children and the driver are at the hospital, where they are said to be in a critical state.”

Police were also investigating why the vehicle was illegally ferrying passengers.

“At this moment ... [we are looking into] why 12 children were being transported in a vehicle that was not certified to carry passengers as a taxi,” said Mokgwabone.

Police were also considering charging the driver with overload as well contravening the National Road Traffic Act.

The driver faces an additional charge of reckless and negligent driving.

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