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CT schoolchildren cheat death

A minibus taxi transporting school pupils narrowly missed colliding with an oncoming train near Observatory.

A minibus taxi transporting schoolchildren narrowly missed colliding with an oncoming train near the Observatory Station on 15 June 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A minibus taxi transporting school pupils narrowly missed colliding with an oncoming train near the Observatory Station on Friday afternoon.

The taxi crashed through a fence, just meters away from the station, and came to a stop on the train tracks.

The driver and more than 20 schoolchildren were slightly injured.

Witnesses said emergency services arrived just in time to drag what was left of the taxi.

The children scrambled out of the wreckage, many screaming and in tears.

Everyone has been transported to hospital and no serious injuries were reported.

The taxi was towed away and Metrorail staff worked quickly to realign the train tracks, which were bent by the impact of the vehicle.

Recently, Metrorail announced plans to install CCTV cameras on railway crossings in a bid to catch reckless drivers.

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