Another person has died in hospital following Monday's horror crash when a minibus taxi was struck by a train north of Durban.
The death toll now stands at 16.
IPSS Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst has confirmed that a sixteenth victim died at the Stanger Provincial Hospital on Tuesday morning.
The victim was among the five injured taken to various hospitals after the crash on Monday.
While investigations into the tragedy are continuing and details are not clear, it appears that the taxi took the offramp on the N2 near Shaka’s Head, shot through a stop street and then went down an embankment, landing on the railway tracks before being struck by a passenger train.
No one aboard the train was injured.
It was not clear if the driver of the taxi was among the dead or the survivors.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu will be briefing the media on Tuesday.
On Monday Mchunu promised that a thorough investigation would be carried out by law enforcement agencies and the provincial transport department to determine the cause of the accident.
“This is very sad and horrifying news. The loss of so many lives and breadwinners is very concerning indeed,” he said.