At least eight children have been killed and four injured in a collision between a school bus and a train in South Africa, local reports say.
The accident happened at a railway crossing near Cape Town when the driver drove round a closed gate, witnesses were quoted as saying, BBC News reports.
President Jacob Zuma and Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, who are currently on a state visit to China, conveyed condolences to the families of the children.
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