10th train crash victim dies

2010-08-27 14:39
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.
 
- Send us your news and photos

Read more on:    cape town  |  schoolbus tragedy
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
SA road trips you’ll never forget

Fill the tank and head for the open road to see our beautiful country at your own pace.

/News
 

Must see! The most luxurious dog house!

This dog house comes with a treadmill and hot tub, you have to see it!

 
 

Luxury living

Exciting new luxury SUV arrives in SA!
WIN!
Ridiculous demands people with too much money make
8 of the priciest places to dock your yacht
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are a high flier with idealistic and set standards. There is a tendency to be too idealistic or fixed on one way and this can...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.