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Blackheath mom misses son

A mom whose son was killed in an accident while being transported to school said she was still in pain.

One of the parents of the children who died during the Buttskop Level Crossing crash outside the Western Cape High Court on 15 June 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

SOUTHERN CAPE - A Cape Town mother whose son was killed in a taxi accident while being transported to school said there was still a huge void in her family.

Jade Adams was one of 10 children who died when their taxi driver ignored the safety signals at the Buttskop Road level crossing in Blackheath, and collided with an oncoming train.

Saturday marked the second anniversary since the accident.

Some parents commemorated the ceremony along with the Rheenendal families who lost 14 children a year ago, when the school bus they were travelling in lost control and plunged into a river.

Judy Cyster said even though her son was killed two years ago, it felt as though she received the news of his death just yesterday.

She said the pain following her loss was something she had learnt to life with, but admitted the pain would never go away.

"It's just something we have to live with, take it day-by-day."

Cyster said she missed her son dearly, adding that some days were better than others.

She said what helped her pull through was the support she received from a group of Blackheath community members formed shortly after the 2010 accident.

The driver of the minibus taxi involved in the Blackheath accident, Jacob Humphreys, was convicted of murder and handed down a 20-year jail sentence in the Western Cape High Court this February.