Minibus smashes into school bus: 18 dead

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Johannesburg - A school bus carrying students to a sports event, believed to be a rugby match, collided with a minibus killing at least 18 and injuring 31, officials said.

Two school children were among the 18 killed when two buses collided on the R61 between Cradock and Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Arrive Alive said.

"The death toll has increased to 18. Earlier we reported that 16 people had died but two others have died in hospital," spokesperson Tshepo Machaea.

The accident occurred in the Eastern Cape near the town of Cradock. The Mercedes Benz school bus was being "driven by the principal," Ashraf Ismail, a spokesperson for South Africa's road traffic managment agency told AFP.

He said 13 of the dead were travelling on the minibus. Two of the three other fatalities were children.

The eNews television channel said the students were on their way to a rugby match.

South African roads are among the most dangerous in the world, with some 13 000 people killed every year - more than 35 a day.

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