Three pupils as well as a school teacher were killed this morning in a horrific head-on collision on the R621, Alcockspruit, near Dannhauser in KwaZulu-Natal.
Police spokesperson Sergeant ML Nyembe said the crash occurred at 7:40am on the N11 and involved a white VW Polo, travelling towards Newcastle with five occupants – the driver, a 20-year-old passenger and one girl and two boys from Ziphakamiseni School in Newcastle – and a Toyota RAV4 travelling towards Dundee.
Nyembe said it appeared as if the driver of the white Polo had overtaken another car on a barrier line and collided with the RAV4, Northern Natal Courier reported.
The three pupils died along with the passenger who was on his way to register for his studies at the Amajuba College in Newcastle. A teacher from Siphutando School in Dannhauser, who was in the RAV, also died.
One of the deceased is believed to be the 18-year-old daughter of Dannhauser Mayor Jabu Phakathi, however, provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala could not confirm this, adding the cause of the accident was still unknown.
“Dannhauser police are investigating a case of culpable homicide and circumstances around the accident,” Gwala said.
KZN Education MEC Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni has sent messages of condolences to the family and friends of those killed in the accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased during this very difficult period and we would like to wish all those injured a very speedy recovery,” said Nkonyeni.
The department would send psychological services to counsel pupils and educators to help them cope with this tragic incident, she added.
This comes after Maritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele was killed in a car crash in Pietermaritzburg, just hours after scoring for his side in a 3-3 draw with Orlando Pirates this past weekend.
The police investigation’s preliminary report indicated that a Nissan Almera veered off the road, overturned, and plunged into a river.
– Caxton News Service