South Africa: 8 KZN pupils killed, 25 injured in bus crash – 240413 1145z

Eight pupils died when their bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on the R66 between Ulundi and Kwaceza, a transport spokesman said on Wednesday.

Kwanele Ncalane said eight pupils died, five were in a critical condition and 20 sustained minor injuries.

The accident happened on Tuesday night while the bus was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza. Ncalane could not immediately provide the ages of the pupils.

It was not clear whether the driver was injured. “Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started,” Ncalane said. He said Mchunu would inspect the accident scene, and would visit the survivors and their school.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 10:50 (10:50 AM) UTC RSOE

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“CAPE TOWN, April 24 A bus overturned in South Africas KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing eight pupils on board, authorities said on Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle which was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza in the province, provincial transport spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said.

The accident also injured 25 pupils, five of them in critical condition, Ncalane said.

The cause of the accident was unknown. It was also unknown whether the driver was injured.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started, Ncalane said.

The accident occurred amid growing calls for tougher measures to ensure road safety. A drive home safely campaign is currently underway in the country.

Official figures indicate that at least 241 people died in road accidents over the Easter holiday which began on March 28 and ended on April 1.

South Africa is among the countries which have the highest road fatalities.

The country has more than 700, 000 crashes a year on the average, claiming the lives of three children every day, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).” – nzweek.com

” – Xinhua

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