Railway crossing deaths case postponed

Rustenburg - The case of a driver accused of killing three children when a train crashed into his car at a railway crossing was postponed in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday, North West police said.

The matter was postponed to April 24 for further investigations, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

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Qawukeni Lwandile, 27, would remain in police custody.

Lwandile was the driver of a Toyota Avanza carrying 12 pre-primary and primary school children, when a train smashed into the vehicle at a railway crossing between Zinniaville and Rustenburg Noord on March 20.

Police alleged that Lwandile passed other motorists who were waiting at the train level-crossing to allow an oncoming train to pass.

The vehicle got stuck on the level crossing and a train hit and dragged it, killing an eight-year-old boy on the spot.

Two more children were declared dead on arrival at the Job Shimkane Tabane hospital.