A total of 19 children and the driver have died when a minibus-taxi collided with a truck at Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng. The accident happened on the Groblersdal road as the children were being taken home from school.
“We were reliably informed by officials that a minibus was transporting school learners in Kwasukulumi, Bronkhorspruit was involved in a horrific accident with a truck and more than thirty people were involved in the accident and 20 learners and one general worker and the driver of the minibus passed on,” says Provincial Education Department Spokesperson Steve Mabona.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services already in attendance. Fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side.
Paramedics assessed the scene and found that approximately 20 people had been inside the vehicle when it collided with the truck.
Once the flames had been extinguished, paramedics found that approximately 13 children lying trapped inside the vehicle. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the children and they were declared dead on the scene.
Several other children were found on the scene. It is believed that these children had been pulled out of the taxi by members of the community.
Paramedics assessed the children and found that seven children had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.
The children were treated for their injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.
The cause of the collision is not yet known, but local authorities are on the scene for further investigations.