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South African truck driver faces 25 murder charges

At least 25 others were injured as the truck was dragged 200 metres along the tracks.



Johannesburg: South African police say the driver of a farm truck carrying fruit-pickers that was hit by a coal train has been charged with the murder of 25 workers who died in the accident.

Police spokesman Col Leonard Hlathi said today investigations suggested negligence by the 32-year-old driver as the train approached a level crossing in the eastern Mpumulanga province yesterday.

Johannesburg: South African police say the driver of a farm truck carrying fruit-pickers that was hit by a coal train has been charged with the murder of 25 workers who died in the accident.

Police spokesman Col Leonard Hlathi said today investigations suggested negligence by the 32-year-old driver as the train approached a level crossing in the eastern Mpumulanga province yesterday.

In 2010 in South Africa, a man driving a school bus hit by a train was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the murder of ten children and attempted murder of four survivors.

PTI

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