Four schoolgirls killed in accident

2015-06-18 06:00

FOUR families are mourning the loss of their daughters who were killed in an accident on the R102 Compensation intersection on Friday.

Caitlyn Oliver (14), Tamia Sewparsad (13), Saisha Shampersad (14), Andrea­ Thaver (17) and other pupils and teachers from Victoria Christian Academy, La Lucia, were on their way back home from a leadership camp at the Rain Farm when the accident occurred.

Two others, pupil Muhle Qwabe and teacher Kris Ackerman, were critically injured and are currently stable in hospital.

According to the school’s Facebook page, which is updated regularly about funeral arrangements and the condition of Qwabe and Ackerman, funeral services for Shampersad and Sewparsad took place on Sunday. The service for Thaver took place on Monday and the memorial service for Oliver will take place today (Wednesday) at the school hall.

Updating on the condition of Ackerman and Qwabe the page said: “Mr Kris Ackerman had surgery last night [Friday]. The surgery went well.

He is still on a ventilator and in an induced coma. Muhle Qwabe is on a ventilator and has swelling on the brain. She is doing much better than yesterday.”

A following update on Monday stated: “Muhle will be going into theatre this morning to relieve pressure on the brain. Please keep praying for her.”

“Mr Ackerman is stable and we have been informed that the swelling has eased.

“Please keep his wife and family in prayer as well.”

The final update on Qwabe’s condition stated that she was out of theatre and “all went well”.

According to emergency services, the minibus they were travelling in crashed into a truck.

IPSS Medical Rescue paramedic Sam Meyrick said the truck driver appeared to be unharmed.

Meyrick said the cause was not yet known, but the intersection was notorious for accidents.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said KwaDukuza Fire and Emergency firemen at the scene had to use the jaws of the life to free the injured, and paramedics had to climb into the wreckage to stabilise those still trapped, until they were freed.

He said it was difficult to deduce the cause, but it appeared that the school minibus had hit the side of the truck when turning on to the R102.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the cause of the accident is not yet known.

“Traffic and police officials were on the scene and an investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made because the cause of the accident is not known at this stage.”

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