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Update : Pupils killed on way to school

Back-to-school high spirits were crushed when a horrific accident resulted in the death of eight pupils, this morning.

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Four children have been killed and approximately 20 others injured this morning after a bus and taxi collided on the Ingcebo Road ion the Ntazuma area in KwaZulu-Natal. ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi parked on the side of the road. The one side of the taxi had been completely ripped open in the collision. A bus was found parked a short distance up the road. Upon closer inspection, paramedics found that four people believed to be primary school children, lying outside the taxi.

Unfortunately, the children had already succumbed to their multiple, fatal injuries. Nothing could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene. Approximately 20 other patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to critical. A number of these patients were children, believed to be on their way to school. Paramedics began treating the patients and providing the critically injured with numerous advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals in the area for urgent treatment.

A medical helicopter was also called to the scene to airlift one of the critically injured to hospital. The details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

The taxi transporting the children crashed into a bus. Paramedics and emergency services are currently on the scene. Police spokesperson, Lt Col Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident and said: “A case of culpable homicide has been opened.”

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More updates to follow.

Source : Durban Zone

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