Taxi driver sentence 'a warning'

2012-02-29 14:47

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Cape Town - Those who disregard road rules should take note of the stiff sentence imposed on taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, Metrorail warned on Wednesday.

"We urge motorists to take note of this judgment and appreciate that their behaviour at level crossings not only places their own lives in harm's way, but the lives of others both on the road or in the train that may be passing the crossing," the company said.

It was working with the authorities to enforce the correct behaviour at such crossings.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney sent Humphreys to jail for in effect 20 years on Tuesday.

Humphreys was convicted of murder following an accident on August 25, 2010 at the Buttskop level crossing in Cape Town.

While taking children to school, he overtook a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.

A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the children. Four others were seriously injured.

- SAPA

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