Jueves, 22 Junio, 2017

At Least 18 Children Killed in Fiery Minibus Crash in South Africa

There were multiple fatalities after a school bus crashed into a truck in South Africa Twitter ER24 EMS There were multiple fatalities after a school bus crashed into a truck in South Africa
Galeno Paniagua | 21 Abril, 2017, 19:23

The bus carrying the students burst into flames after the collision.

There were understood to be both primary and secondary school-aged children on board.

"I am saddened", Panyaza Lesufi, a South African education minister, said in a statement.

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The tragedy happened on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena, 45 miles from the capital Pretoria, in Mpumalanga province.

Several other children were injured, with reports that some of them were dragged from the wreckage by people at the scene.

"The fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side", Russel Meiring, a spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service told news agency AFP. Numerous fatalities were declared dead at the site of the accident.

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South Africa has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

A total of 235 people died in accidents on South Africa's roads during the recent Easter period, a 51 percent increase over the same period past year, according to the country's Road Traffic Management Corporation.

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