Rustenburg, South Africa: Three children killed in crossing collision

22 Mar

North West Premier Thandi Modise has spoken out following the death of three children following a collision on a level crossing in Rustenburg. The children were among a group of 12 children travelling from Zinniaville to Rustenburg Noord on March 20th, 2014.

The Premier issued a prepared statement which said “Drivers who ignore rules of the road and warnings not to beat trains at level crossings are still putting lives of passengers at risk.”

A police source has said that there were witnesses to the level crossing collision who said that the vehicle in which the children were travelling had overtaken a line of traffic already stopped at the level crossing and entered the crossing as the train arrived. Other reports say that the vehicle then became stuck on the crossing before it was hit by the train.

The premier called for the police to clamp down on reckless driving, overloading, and illegal scholar transportation. She also urged parents to ensure that their children were transported in properly licensed vehicles and to ensure that they travelled in vehicles that were not over-loaded.

The Police is investigating whether a case of culpable homicide can be made and why the vehicle was illegally carrying the school children. In any event, the police has made clear that the driver would face an additional charge of reckless and negligent driving. The police has also launched an investigation of overloading the vehicle and contravening the National Road Traffic Act.

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