School car crash driver epileptic - family

2012-01-20 12:56
Cape Town - The driver of a car which crashed into a primary school in Elsies River outside Cape Town, killing himself and injuring three others, was apparently epileptic.

The driver was declared dead on the scene at JS Klopper Primary School. The three other passengers, including two children who were seated at the back, sustained serious injuries.

One of the children, who is a year old, was airlifted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, while a 2-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance. The other adult occupant in the car also sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

The driver's family told reporters at the scene that the driver has a history of epilepsy and was prone to having fits. They believe he may have blacked out at the time of the crash.

According to eNews, investigators at the crash site said that there were no visible tyre tracks, indicating that the car may possibly have been airborne before impact.

A JS Klopper Primary School spokesperson earlier told News24 that “all the schoolchildren were safe”.

The schoolchildren were all inside their classrooms. The casualty count may have been much higher, had the accident occurred just 5 minutes later, when the children would have been on break.

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