South Africa 31.8.2018 11:39 am

Five pupils killed in Mpumalanga bus crash

School uniform. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

School uniform. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

Authorities say four of the five pupils died at the scene while another died in hospital. 

The Mpumalanga department of community safety and security liaison confirmed on Friday that five school learners had been killed in an accident after a minibus taxi collided head-on with a bus.

The accident happened on the D2940 Road in Kamdladla, Nkomazi, at about 07:20 on Friday morning.

Department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said that four of the five learners died at the scene while another learner died in hospital.

“Twenty-five people who were critically injured were rushed to the nearest hospital. The driver is among those who were critically injured. A case of culpable homicide has been registered with the police. At this stage it is not clear about the circumstances surrounding the crash,” Mabuza said.

Mabuza said the department had dispatched its safety engineering team to the scene to investigate the crash. He also said the road took more than two hours to clear and motorists had to use other alternative roads to reach their destinations.

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