Lightning strike at top Joburg school: 2 critical

2013-02-12 19:38
King Edward VII School (Picture: Supplied)

King Edward VII School (Picture: Supplied)

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Cape Town - Two boys from the King Edward VII Secondary School in Johannesburg are in a critical condition on Tuesday, after being struck by lighting, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the boys were rushed to Milpark Hospital after the incident at the school.

Seven other boys were also involved, but are in a stable condition, Steinmann said.

An education department spokesperson said that the incident occurred when the boys were trying to cover the pitch after playing cricket.

Sapa reported that school boys, dressed in cricket attire, were asked not to speak to anyone.

Two Netcare 911 cars were seen leaving the school premises from the direction of the cricket field.

A security guard at the main gate of the school was controlling the entrance as parents came to fetch their children.

A school official, who did not want to be named said: "No comment at this stage from the school.

"Can all queries please be directed to the provincial education department."

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