3 kids, 6 teachers die in midnight crash

2011-10-03 09:59
Johannesburg - Three children and six teachers were killed when a school bus collided with a truck and a van on Monday morning outside Harrismith, Free State police said.

"Nine people died... three children and six teachers," said Sergeant Mmako Mophiring.

Another 48 people, including the drivers of the truck and the van, were injured.

"At about 00:45 the bus, from Spruitview in Gauteng, was on the way to Kwazulu-Natal transporting schoolchildren and teachers to Durban on the N3," said Mophiring in a statement.

"Just outside Harrismith the bus collided with the truck that was travelling on the opposite direction from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng transporting coal. It also collided again with the van on the same road."

Ten people were critically injured and 38 suffered less serious injuries.

"The truck driver is critical and the van driver sustained minor injuries."

The ages of the children were not yet known and it was not known which school they were from.

Last month, nine teachers were killed in a crash between a taxi and a bakkie outside Zeerust in the North West.

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