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Nine children dead as train hits minibus

Another body has been found after on Wednesday's crash between a commuter train and a minibus taxi outside Cape Town. This brings the death toll to nine.

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"Those who died were three girls and six boys," police spokesman Colonel Billy Jones told the Cape Times.

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

The accident happened at a railroad crossing as the minibus drove the 14 children aged between eight and 11 to school.

The driver went around a closed railroad crossing gate, and then collided with an oncoming train.

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

"We have launched a culpable homicide investigation to determine circumstances surrounding the incident and whether anyone can be held criminally accountable for the deaths of the children," Jones said.

 

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