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Blackheath fatal level crossing crash spurs awareness campaign

Seven people died on Freedom Day when a bakkie they were travelling in was struck by a train.

FILE: The scene of a collision between a train and a bakkie at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath, Cape Town on 27 April 2018. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Railway Safety Regulator is on Thursday conducting a level crossing education and awareness campaign in Blackheath following a fatal level crossing accident last month.

The campaign is underway at the Buttskop level crossing. Seven people died when a bakkie they were travelling in was struck by a train on Freedom Day.

It's the second such tragedy at the crossing since 2010 when 10 children died under similar circumstances.

The regulator's Mike Plaaitjies said: “What we are doing here is really just to emphasise the importance, from a motorist's perspective, [of] adhering to the road signage and the signalling that is provided just to ensure that incidents like this that we experienced last month don’t happen.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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