9th body found after Cape crash

2010-08-25 12:50

kalahari.com

Cape Town - Forensic specialists investigating the scene of Wednesday's crash between a commuter train and a minibus taxi outside Cape Town found another body, bringing the death toll to nine schoolchildren.

"While the forensics people were on the scene, they found another child underneath the other children," said police spokesperson Colonel Billy Jones.

"Those who died were three girls and six boys," said Jones.

Five children were also injured. One was in a critical condition at the Red Cross Children's Hospital, and four others were serious at Tygerberg Hospital.

Jones said that contrary to earlier reports, the ninth fatality was the extra child found on the scene, and not one of the injured on the way to hospital.

Culpable homicide

He confirmed what the Railway Safety Regulator said earlier - that all protection measures were in place at the level crossing between Blackheath and Eersterivier where the accident happened so police would conduct a culpable homicide investigation to try to establish the cause of the crash.

The driver of the taxi was also seriously injured and was taken to hospital for treatment, but nobody on the train was injured.

Road signs, flashing lights and booms were confirmed to be in working order, the RSR said.

"This is the maximum level of protection which can be afforded to a level crossing. The investigation will, amongst others, look at how the accident could have occurred, despite these measures," said spokeswoman Lavinia Mahlangu.

ER24 spokesperson Andr Visser said two children had to be cut out of the wreckage of the taxi.

The Western Cape MEC for education Donald Grant and MEC for health Theunis Botha were expected to visit the Tygerberg Hospital where the children were being treated.

Counsellors for families

They will then proceed to the Blackheath Civic Centre, where a disaster management team will debrief families and community members affected by the tragedy.

A team of counsellors would assist during the debriefing and would also provide counselling at the schools the pupils came from.

Both the RSR and Grant extended condolences to the families of those in the accident.

ER24 said Wednesday's crash was the third major crash involving a train in Cape Town in the past three weeks and urged road users to be extra vigilant at railway crossings.

Passenger Rail Association of SA CEO Lucky Montana said the train's crew were being treated for shock.

"The loss of any life, especially at such young ages, leaves an indelible mark in the community, especially their families," said Montana.

"We are doing all we can to ensure that we offer a helping hand to the affected families. Unfortunately as a parent myself, this is even harder to accept."

He also extended condolences to the children's families.

Metrorail investigators were also at the scene of the accident and were co-operating with the rescue service and the police.

- SAPA
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