'Total chaos' at crash scene

2010-08-25 09:07

Cape Town - At least eight children died and seven were seriously injured when a train hit a taxi at a level crossing in Bakenskop, outside Cape Town, on Wednesday morning, emergency services and police said.

ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said there was "total chaos" on the scene, where paramedics found the bodies of the eight children aged between eight and 11.

Two injured children had to be cut out of the wreckage and they were taken to hospital with the five other seriously injured children.

Police spokesperson Colonel Billy Jones said the accident happened at 06:45 while the children were passing through Blackheath on their way to school.

A culpable homicide investigation would be conducted to establish who was responsible.

Further details were not immediately available.

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