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.

- SAPA

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