Schoolboy killed in accident

2011-10-18 00:00

A NINE-YEAR-OLD schoolboy was killed yesterday morning when the bakkie he was travelling in was hit by a minibus taxi at the kwaNgwabe bus stop in Bhobhoyi.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said reports from the scene of the accident alleged that the bakkie transporting schoolchildren was hit from behind.

“Apparently the bakkie was turning into Jesus Road when a taxi hit it from behind. Due to the impact of the bump the child was thrown out of the back of the bakkie and was killed.”

The impact caused the driver of the bakkie to lose control and slam into a vehicle parked in Jesus Road.

Five other passengers were injured in the accident and taken to the Murchison Hospital.

“We cannot confirm the ages of the injured passengers or which vehicle they were travelling in at this stage.”

A case of culpable homicide has been opened and a post mortem is being conducted on the victim.

No arrests have been made.

A number of passengers bound for school and work were scattered on the roadside as paramedics and community members rushed to the scene.

Residents of the kwaNgwabe area expressed concern about the frequency of road accidents at the bus stop.

A community safety member in the area, Bha Hlophe, said, “We are worried about many road accidents that occur in the area.

“The road is very narrow and drivers find it very difficult to overtake there.

“What causes these accidents is the concrete barricade made here to divide the road. This has narrowed the road.

“We have been saying this, but no one seems to correct it.

“We will continue to raise it. We are burying people again and again because of this.”

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