Pupils hurt as bus overturns near Ixopo

2014-01-22 00:00

A GROUP of pupils from the Marianthal Combined School and other passengers escaped serious injury yesterday morning when the bus they were travelling in overturned on the R56 just outside Ixopo.

A case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated by the Ixopo SAPS and no arrests have been made, police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said yesterday.

Paramedics from the KZN Emergency Medical Services and officers from the police and the RTI responded to a report of the bus accident on a side road off the R56 in the Harry Gwala district (formerly Sisonke).

Spokesperson for the KZN Medical Emergency Services Robert McKenzie said paramedics arriving on the scene were shocked to discover that the overturned bus had been carrying, among others, school children.

The paramedics, fearing the worst, immediately started triaging the patients. As many as 68 patients were treated on the scene, most of them school children.

“The majority of the patients sustained only minor injuries and there were fortunately no fatalities or critically injured patients on scene,” said McKenzie.

The patients were examined and treated on scene by the paramedics before being transported to Christ the King Hospital in Ixopo for further assessment and continued medical care.

“Fortunately the area where the accident occurred is not far from the hospital as several trips between the scene and hospital had to be made to transport all the patients to hospital,” said McKenzie. He thanked all the emergency staff that were on scene for their assistance in helping the injured children.

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