Dead students not in SA for Cup

2010-06-10 21:09
Police salvage luggage at the site where a tour truck veered off the highway near Barberton, killing two Britons who were part of a school group touring South Africa. (Claudio Cruz, AP)

Police salvage luggage at the site where a tour truck veered off the highway near Barberton, killing two Britons who were part of a school group touring South Africa. (Claudio Cruz, AP)

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Nelspruit - The two British women who were killed in a tour truck accident near Barberton were not in the country for the World Cup, Mpumalanga police said.

The vehicle was carrying 18 British students, two British teachers, a Zimbabwean driver and a South African tour guide.

The tour truck was travelling from Swaziland to Nelspruit on the R40 when the driver lost control and the vehicle veered off the road at midday, said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The accident happened between Josephsdal border post and Barberton.

The deceased were reportedly both 19-year-olds, but Hlathi declined to confirm this, saying police could not reveal information which could identify them.

Twenty people were injured, four critically. One passenger was airlifted to a Nelspruit hospital.

The other injured were taken to MediClinics in Nelspruit and Barberton and a provincial hospital in Barberton by ambulance.

Hlathi said they were in a stable condition.

He said the British nationals were due to return home on Friday. They arrived in South Africa on June 1.

- SAPA

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