It is a dark day‚ said Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi‚ after 20 children were killed in a minibus crash on Friday afternoon.
ER24’s Russel Meiring tweeted a photograph of the wreck next to a truck‚ with fire fighters extinguishing a blaze.
Meiring said the accident occurred on the R25 between Verena in Mpumalanga and Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng.
“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 children 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‚” Meiring said in a statement.
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The children were high school and primary school.
“It is with sadness to inform that‚ a minibus transporting learners was involved in a horrific accident‚ and about 20 learners died on the scene‚” Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said in a statement.
The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi tweeted that he was on his way to the scene.