[Fwd: Taxi driver charged with culpable homicide (trimmed)]

While thousands gathered on Sunday for a ceremony at the railway
crossing where 10 children died in a taxi on Wednesday, police arrested
the taxi driver moments after he was discharged from hospital.

The 55-year-old man is expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate's
Court on Tuesday on a charge of culpable homicide.

Nine children were killed in the crash at the Blackheath crossing, and a
tenth, 10-year-old Jade Adams, died in hospital three days ago.

Witnesses and one of the survivors, 16-year-old Luciano de Koker, said
the taxi driver had overtaken a number of cars and tried to cross the
tracks even though the boom was down.

An oncoming train had then smashed into the taxi.

Yesterday Luciano's mother, Jocelyn de Koker, said that, although her
son did not want to speak about the crash, he had told her that the taxi
driver had often ignored the booms and driven across the tracks.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on August
30, 2010


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