Bus seems to have stalled, rolled into river

2011-08-24 14:33
Cape Town - A school bus that plunged into a river in Knysna, killing 16 children, appears to have stalled and then rolled back into the water, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle told News24.

The bus, which has now been removed from the river, had 59 people on board and was on its way to Rheenendal Primary School. The driver was also killed in the tragedy.

Carlisle said it appeared that the bus was trying to cross the low bridge and was climbing up the bank, stalled and then rolled backwards into the river.

ER24’s Andre Visser earlier told News24 that the bus broke through a barrier on the bridge.

Forty-two children were hospitalised, most of them with just minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises and mild hypothermia.

Carlisle said a full forensic investigation would be conducted into the cause of the accident. 

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