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N2 taxi crash leaves pupil (7) dead in Cape Town

The accident occurred near the Borcherds Quarry off-ramp on Monday morning.

Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - A seven-year-old child has died after a minibus taxi carrying at least 29 primary school children crashed on the N2 highway in Cape Town.

The accident occurred near the Borcherds Quarry off-ramp on Monday morning.

The road remains closed and officials are on the scene.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says it's believed the taxi was unroadworthy.

“The driver lost control of his taxi which was transporting 29 school kids; one school kid who was sitting at the back of the taxi got killed.”

At the same time, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has expressed its condolences to the family of the Holy Cross Primary School learner.

The department's Bronagh Casey says the vehicle was not a school bus but private transport arranged by parents.

“The taxi was transporting learners from Khayelitsha to schools in Cape Town City Bowl. The WCED will provide the required support to the school. Our condolences and sympathy [go] to the family and the school community.”