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Another taxi hit by train

By Alfred Moselakgomo and Vusi Xaba | Mar 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 16 ]

Driver allegedly overtook vehicles in front of him at a level crossing, and was hit on the side and pushed a few metres before the train could stop

FIVE school children were injured - two critically - after their school transport minibus was hit by a goods train in Soweto yesterday afternoon.

The driver of a Toyota Quantum minibus, allegedly ignored warning signs to stop at a level crossing in Dobsonville, Soweto. He allegedly overtook vehicles in front of him at a level crossing, and was hit on the side and pushed a few metres before the train could stop.

Osky Sambo, a vegetable vendor who witnessed the incident at the intersection of Elias Motsoaledi and Main Reef road, near Dobsonville, Soweto, said he heard the train hoot, warning motorists as it approached the level crossing.

"There were two small vehicles and two trucks at the crossing. A small vehicles overtook those cars and the taxi driver followed, but was hit," Sambo said.

Emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said the critically injured children were taken to Tshepo-Themba Clinic and the other three to Leratong Hospital.

He said the vehicle was carrying 14 children from Westridge High School in Roodepoort, West Rand.

Joburg Metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane confirmed that the driver of the taxi had failed to stop, leading to the accident.

The accident happens three months after a Cape Town taxi driver Jacob Humphreys was found guilty of murdering 10 children who were killed when his taxi was hit by a train at a level crossing in the city.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney sentenced Humphreys, 55, to 20 years for the 10 charges of murder and four of attempted murder.

The incident happened on August 25 2010 while Humphreys was transporting children to school.

He stopped at the Buttskop level crossing, overtook a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded through the crossing.

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Mara this taxi drivers are stubborn nxa.......

Mar 16, 2012 8:53 | 0 replies

When one considers the number of lives at stake with a taxi driver, they should have their license removed immediatly if they are reported to do wreckless or dangerous driving after a certain number of complaints, the driver investigated...I would like to be able to phone or text a Police number to report, .... and just report this guys becasue i was scared....he did this and that. The ANC can make the roads safer for all of us,

Mar 16, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

The critically injured children could still die. I pray that this does not happen, but he should be charged with attempted murder. Why do the taxi drivers always get out alive and the passengers are the ones who die or are critically injured?

Mar 16, 2012 10:50 | 0 replies

He should never be allowed to drive a taxi in his pathetic life infact he should never be allowed to drive again.

Mar 16, 2012 10:18 | 0 replies

Thank heavens that the kids did not perish

Mar 16, 2012 10:13 | 0 replies

this taxi drivers must be harshly dealt with.they don't care about the lives of the commuters. uncultured bustards!!!

Mar 16, 2012 9:52 | 0 replies

I wish for him to rot in jail

Mar 16, 2012 9:27 | 0 replies

@WordofGod: good point.
some of these things need spiritual intervention. the devil is at work and we must not take that lightly. lets rather pray for all the drivers and againt the devil.easter is coming, life will be lost on the roads. its nt that some1 did not learn but bcoz the enemy is out there.
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Psalm 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty

Mar 16, 2012 9:27 | 0 replies

mageza again. Life sentence pls
O bona o tšhabile sekolo bjalo o n y a k a go fediša ya bana ba bangwe

Mar 16, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

I saw this incident live yesterday while I was driving from work... Taxi drivers always drives recklessly on that intersection, even during the presence of Metro officers...

This guys should just be charged with attempted murder and locked up for 25 years, he will drive chairs in prison.

Mar 16, 2012 9:23 | 0 replies

WordofGod

So where were these angels when the little angels in that taxi needed them? On a Cosatu strike?

If you don't drive like a horsesarse then the roads are not dangerous.

Mar 16, 2012 9:18 | 0 replies