Durban – Four school children were killed and many more were injured in a collision between a bus and a minibus taxi in Durban on Wednesday morning – the first day of school his year.
Details of the crash were sketchy, but Robert McKenzie, spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Emergency Medical Service, said the accident took place near the bus station in the city’s Ntuzuma township.
Initial reports said that six people were killed. McKenzie said he could not immediately confirm how many were injured.
An unconfirmed report said that there were 13 injured, of whom two were in a critical condition. This could, however, not immediately be verified.
The ages of the children were not known.
Emergency services, including multiple ambulance services, were still on scene at the time of writing.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said that he could confirm that it was four pupils who had died in the crash.
“This is a very sad day. It is meant to be a happy. I myself took my daughter to school and posted pictures of her. I can only begin to imagine what those parents are feeling. On behalf of the MEC I wish to express sincere condolences,” said Mlotshwa.
He said that he had no further details, but that education department officials were on their way to the scene to find out what had happened.