VIDEO: 17 school children injured, two allegedly killed in horrific accident

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The Gauteng Department of Education confirmed on Tuesday that the two pupils who died in the horror minibus accident on the R101 (old warmbath Road) are from Hoërskool Langenhoven and CR Swart.

Phumla Sekhonyane, spokesperson for the department, said the minibus taxi is not one of their but a private vehicle that is used to transport school children.

She said the department as dispatched personel to the scene and schools to provide trauma counselling.

According to Advanced Paramedics Assist (APA) the accident happened just before 07:00 on Tuesday.

“APA resources were dispatched to the scene of bus accident on the R101 near the Spar. On arrival, the crews where confronted by a number of seriously injured patients and additional resources were dispatched.”

Netcare 911, ER24, Lifemed and Maponya 911 also dispatched resources to the incident.

The Advanced Life Support resources from all the services treated the seriously injured patients and they were transported to various hospitals in Pretoria.

According to ER24 paramedics discovered two lifeless bodies lying roughly ten metres away from the taxi. Paramedics assessed the two patients and found that they had sustained fatal injuries after being ejected from the vehicle.

A total of 18 other patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to critical. Several patients sustained critical injuries and required advanced life support.

One of the critically injured, a 16-year-old school girl, was later airlifted by the AER24 helicopter to Unitas Hospital for urgent medical treatment.

Once all the patients were treated, they were transported to nearby hospitals for urgent medical treatment. Most of the occupants of the taxi were school children apparently on their way to school.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Natalie Grobler
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