Two killed and scores of children injured as funeral bus flips

2010-02-08 00:00

TWO people were killed in a bus accident near Ndwedwe at the weekend. Officials are not agreed on the number of people injured and whether they are mostly children.

Paramedics claim to have arrived to dead bodies and scores of injured schoolchildren dotting the hillsides near Ndwedwe after the overloaded bus they were travelling in overturned on Saturday night.

The children, accompanied by their teachers and some parents, were returning from the funeral of their principal in uMzinyathi when the driver lost control of the packed bus while negotiating a steep incline on an uneven gravel road in the north-west of KZN.

The bus is said to have veered off the road, rolling several times, before hitting a an electric pole and landing on its roof.

According to Netcare 911’s Jeff Wicks, two men were killed and 119 passengers, mostly children, were injured.

• A man was killed and his wife seriously injured outside their Durban home on Saturday evening. Paramedics found the man slumped over the passenger seat with gunshot wounds to this chest, back and neck. His wife lay in a pool of blood on the fourth floor of a flat complex.

• That same evening, paramedics rescued a baby boy found abandoned in an apple box. Meanwhile, s

• Six people were injured when a bakkie they were travelling left the road and hit a wall in Manning Road in Mountain Rise area.

• A man was killed when he fell from his motorbike on the R56 near Baynesfield yesterday. “It is thought that the man lost control of his bike while negotiating a bend and fell on to the roadway,” said Wicks.

Netcare911 paramedics found his body in the middle of the roadway with his crushed helmet nearly 20 metres away. The man sustained polytraumatic injuries and was declared dead by medics at the scene.

• A head-on collision on the N2 near Nyoni, north of Durban, in the early hours of yesterday morning caused the death of an IFP member and injury to two other passengers.

“It is thought that a VW Golf had been travelling north when it collided head-on with a bakkie,” said Wicks. “It is alleged that one errant party veered into the oncoming lane, causing the collision. The bakkie overturned and came to rest on its side in the middle of the roadway. The driver of the VW was critically injured and was trapped in the vehicle for over three hours.”

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