Train, taxi crash: Driver ignored warnings

2012-03-16 22:07
Johannesburg - The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) will investigate the level crossing accident in which five schoolchildren were injured when a goods train and taxi collided in Soweto, it said on Friday.

An RSR inspector had been dispatched to investigate the incident, which occurred on Thursday, said spokesperson Sibongiseni Henna.

"According to eyewitnesses, a taxi carrying school kids overtook two stationary cars which were stopped by a traffic light... and tried to cross over the rail-line, despite a signal from the flag-men and hooting from the train," he said.

"The taxi collided with the right front of the Transnet Freight Rail locomotive, which was moving at a walking speed in the middle of the crossing."

The injured were taken to two hospitals. No deaths were reported.

Johannesburg emergency service spokesperson Synock Matobako said on Thursday that there were about 16 children in the taxi and that five were injured.

The driver was not hurt and was arrested at the scene for reckless or negligent driving, he said.

Henna urged the public to heed the safety signage at all level crossings.

"The public are also urged to respect the railway reserve as it is a dangerous place to loiter or to take chances when driving a vehicle or on foot," he said

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