Scene of horrific train-car accident
Trains are often moving more than 1 million pounds. They cannot stop in short distances to avoid suddenly appearing cars.
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  • 17 August 2015
  • From the section Africa
taxi over turned on rail
People started gathering at the crash site as emergency services cordoned it off

A minibus taxi has collided with a train near Ballito in South Africa, killing at least 14 people, according to KwaZulu-Natal emergency services.

The BBC’s Milton Nkosi says it is believed the taxi was carrying 20 passengers when it went over a bridge and hit a train as it plunged onto a railway line below.

South Africa has an exceptionally high accident rate on its roads.

At least 10,000 people die on the roads a year, mostly due to reckless driving.

No-one on the train was injured, according to ENCA news.