Driver tried to beat train at crossing - police

2012-03-15 18:43
Johannesburg - The driver of a minibus taxi which collided a goods train at a level crossing on the border of Soweto and Roodepoort, in Johannesburg, was arrested on Thursday.

Captain Kay Makhubela said the driver was arrested at the scene for reckless or negligent driving and was taken to the Roodepoort police station.

"The taxi tried to cross the level crossing before the train could come, but when he realised the train was already there, he tried to turn and the taxi got hit on left side."

The taxi was carrying about 16 children from West Ridge High School. The driver was not injured in the accident in Main Reef road.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Synock Matobako said the five children suffered minor injuries and were taken to two hospitals

Metrorail spokesperson Tony Games said the train was from Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). TFR spokesperson Molatwane Likhethe could not immediately be reached for comment.

Netcare 911 and ER24 paramedics were on the scene.

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