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Kids seriously injured after car crashes into school

2012-01-20 11:58

Cape Town - Two children have been seriously injured after a car crashed into a school outside Cape Town. The car was apparently being chased by a police vehicle, a witness told eNews on Friday.

One person, an adult, died in the incident at JS Kloppers Primary. Another adult was seriously injured, Cape Town Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne told eNews. Both adults were inside the vehicle.

One of the injured children was airlifted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital and another was taken to hospital by ambulance. A spokesperson for the school told News24 that "all the children are safe".

eNews quoted a witness as saying that the car was seen speeding through the streets of the suburb - a police car was apparently in pursuit.

Soon after, the car "went through the school’s gate" and eventually ended up lodged halfway into a wall.

Counselling was being provided for the very traumatised children and staff, as parents started arriving at the school.

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Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-01-20 12:18

    The daily saga of South african life! You are not even safe at school! Hope they lock the driver up forever! Condolences to the families.

      Ja - 2012-01-20 12:24

      New year .. same carnage ..

      Narike - 2012-01-20 13:36

      Die Burger reports that the driver had an epileptic attack. The injured children were passengers in the car. No mention of high-speed police chase. And since when is Elsies River 'outside Cape Town'?? Perhaps some news24 reporters should consider a career in fiction.

  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-20 12:25

    Rather wait, investigate and find conclusive evidence before posting articles please. Good news is trustworthy news.

  • Sandra - 2012-01-20 12:28

    does it really matter what vehicle it was?

      Bruce - 2012-01-20 12:33

      It does not really matter, but one should be able to expect accuracy.

  • Retha - 2012-01-20 12:33

    @Justin - actually the Breaking News e-mail I received had the heading "CAR CRASHES INTO CAPE TOWN SCHOOL..." and then the first word was "a truck has crashed "

  • sadiemy - 2012-01-20 12:44

    Stupid reporter did not even tell us the name of the suburb. People are not injured "after" events. They are injured "when" sccidents happen. Unless they are not injured in the acident, but someone goes up and injures them afterwards. The grammar is really bad here. Please make sure your "has", have" and "have been" are in agreement with the tense of the verb. In this case the opening senetence should have read "Two children WERE seriously injured WHEN a car crashed into a school outside Cape Town. But sad for the kids. Hope they get better.

  • reneen.dutoit - 2012-01-20 12:48

    According to the "Nuus24" site, the children injured were passengers in the car. It would seem that the driver had an epileptic episode while driving. they are currently investigating this.

      Craig - 2012-01-20 12:59

      Ok, so the same news department has one story for afrikaans folk and another for english. Well done news 24

  • shihaam.bull1 - 2012-01-20 13:09

    NOw I am confused first it was a truck now a car, then the driver was chased by police now the driver was sick. You guys suck in reporting. Please leave this to the professionals.

      Craig - 2012-01-20 13:12

      http://www.tygerburger.co.za/articles/articledetails.aspx?id=12747 There is better info with a pic.

      Retha - 2012-01-20 13:58

      Craig, thanks for the link. Which of course raises another issue. It would be good to know whether the kids in the car were restrained in some way. From the fact that they were badly injured I'm assuming that they were not restrained. When will people actually cotton on that a kid in a car goes flying head first forward when the brakes are applied?

      Craig - 2012-01-20 14:35

      @Retha, from what i have heard the 2 kids were thrown from the car on impact. So its very unlikley that they had their seatbelts on. At that age they should still be in baby seats, which should have gone a long way to protecting them. So i dont think they had those either. Guess we will find out soon enough. Still a very sad day for their family

  • Comrade - 2012-01-20 13:13

    New Suth African life...nothing is safe, nothing is sacred. CHAOS!!

      Craig - 2012-01-20 13:17

      What the hell does someone having a epileptic attack have to do with the new south africa. Stop being a racist idiot

  • billidp - 2012-01-20 13:31

    According to the 1pm news the driver of the car died on impact; he was an epilepsy sufferer and this is thought to have a lot to do with the accident as in he may have had a fit whilst driving. The adult passenger is alive and the two children who were in the car (apparently the driver's children) are badly injured and were taken to hospital.) No pupils at the school were involved in the accident.

  • Lee - 2012-01-20 13:53

    Aww shame so it seems like it was no ones fault. I hope things turn out for the best for all.

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-20 15:41

    WT?! So what's the true story now actually?????

  • Darryn - 2012-01-20 16:30

    Some one must be driving at a high speed because if you drive into the school it approximatly 100 meters to were the car had ended up. its Honda Ballad again. i just hope those kids of the car make full recovery.

  • Peter - 2012-01-20 16:55

    Speed dose not kill its the dead stop that kills

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 18:12

    It is so sad that most of you are only concerned with your own ego problems and opinions. CHILDREN were badly hurt and traumatized in this incident!

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 09:31

    In the other article it says e news saw no tyre marks and the car might have been airbourne? The sentence does not fit anywhere. Is there a tar surface around the school or is it muddy...what the hell..... how does a car get airbourne? What is the relevance?

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