10th train crash victim dies

2010-08-27 14:39

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Cape Town – A tenth child has died after fighting for his life for two days in hospital following a train accident in which nine other children died, says the provincial government of the Western Cape.

"It is with great sadness that the Western Cape Department of Health announce that the tenth child has passed away today as a result of the minibus accident in Blackheath on Wednesday," it said on Friday.

The department said medical staff at the Red Cross Children's Hospital did everything they could to ensure the 9-year-old's survival, but the injuries he had sustained to his head were "too severe".

Post-mortems have been completed on the nine deceased at Tygerberg's Forensic Pathology lab and three bodies have already been released to families for burial, it said.

Driver 'improving'

A case of culpable homicide is being investigated after the minibus taxi carrying 14 schoolchildren was hit by a train when the taxi driver allegedly swerved past a boom and ignored warning signs at a level crossing in Blackheath.

Nine children died at the scene, while five were hospitalised after the Wednesday morning accident.

Two boys - aged 15 and 9 - were still in a stable condition at the Tygerberg Hospital, spokesperson for the department Darren Francis told News24 on Friday.

Another child - a girl - was also recovering at the Kuils River Hospital. On Thursday, the department said another survivor had been released from Tygerberg Hospital.

The driver of the taxi is "improving every day", according to the private hospital where he is being treated.
 
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