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Schoolchildren killed in crash named

2011-12-10 19:33

Cape Town - The two Western Cape pupils killed in a crash in Worcester on Friday morning have been identified as Hydro Adams, 9, and Henrico Van Zyl, 14.

Eleven other pupils were injured in the accident, said police spokesperson Mzikayise Baloyi.

"The driver of the bakkie was apparently trying to overtake the tractor when he suddenly lost control and his bakkie overturned," said Baloyi.

The children were on their way to Petra Gedank Primary School at the time of the crash on the Breede River road.

Both drivers and the school's caretaker were among the injured and were taken to hospital.

Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased.

"What should have been a day of celebration for all our learners in the Western Cape is instead a day of mourning for many," he said in a statement.

Friday was the end of the school-year for many pupils.

"My thoughts and prayers are with them and their friends," he said.

Grant said the department's district office was providing support to the school.

"Counselling and medical services have been arranged by the school with the assistance of the Western Cape education department."

He would visit the injured in hospital on Friday. "I hope that they will have a fast recovery," he said.

Comments
  • Irene - 2011-12-10 20:17

    A bakkie trying to overtake a tractor? What on earth is a tractor doing on the road???

      nelbj - 2011-12-10 20:32

      That road is in a farming area and as in other farming areas tractors are often driving on the road to get from one orchard, or farm to the next. Mostly they are licenced and therefore quite legal! How do you propose farmers get tot their land where a road cuts through their farm?

      Irene - 2011-12-10 20:40

      How do you propose farmers get tot their land where a road cuts through their farm? _________ Maybe they should cross over the road instead of driving on it?

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-12-11 06:08

      Poor Irene you just like some fat guy I forgot his name now who thought food grows in P&P and Spar. He wanted to shoot the Boer Just like people walk on roads Ride bichiles on roads by the way un licnced so does trucks Tractors also used roads with COR and Lisence. Use your brain U got it for Free!!

  • Alec - 2011-12-10 21:38

    @Irene Sheez, you are as thick as a brick. There are about 15 farms in that area, stretching over more than 25 km's on the Breede River road. How do you just cross over the road?

  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-10 22:21

    Oh man, this is so sad. So sorry for the families who lost their kids this time of the year. RIP boys.

  • Esperanca - 2011-12-11 00:33

    May their souls rest in peace, prayers go out to their families.

  • Winsome - 2011-12-11 09:51

    I surmise this was a closed bakkie? I have seen a man fall off a bakkie loaded with lawn mowers etc - there was very little space for passengers to hold on to - I was 2 cars behind the bakkie when he fell off into the road - it is a sight I cannot forget and this happened 4 years ago. There ought to be a law against carrying passengers or animals in a bakkie with no canopy.

  • Gail - 2011-12-11 10:06

    Once again an accident caused by the transporting of people on an open vehicle not intended for transporting people but cargo. I bet the driver did not have a PDP licence either. I know people love travelling on the back of open and even closed bakkies but these vehicles are not intended for that purpose due to weight distribution and the fact that people stand up on the back and also sit on the edge of the back of the vehicle.At the end of the day the root of the problem is inadequate public transport and poor maintenance of roads.

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