Lucky escape for pupils in bakkie

2016-05-25 09:44

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Pietermaritzburg - Eleven pupils were lucky to escape with injuries alone after the bakkie in which they were being transported collided with a truck on Tuesday morning in Edendale.

Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said a bakkie had been transporting children to school yesterday morning on the Edendale Road when it collided with a truck.

It is believed the children were between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.

“All 11 children were sitting at the back of the bakkie when the accident occurred,” said Mathe.

The children suffered injuries varying from moderate to minor and were stabilised at the scene of the accident.

The children were taken to various hospitals in Pietermaritzburg.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said yesterday that the issue of children travelling in the back of bakkies was still a challenge for the province.

“As the government, we are still working on scholar transport however, we still find parents and children opting to travel in bakkies when there is reliable transport available to them,” he said.

“Bakkies are dangerous to travel in and they are certified to carry goods, not people.”

Ncalane urged parents to send their children to and from school in reliable transport if it was available rather than travel in the back of a bakkie.

Bakkie driver Lungile Princess Mthimkulu (32) is currently in court over the deaths of eight children who died when the ­bakkie she was driving crashed into a house in Imbali in January last year.

Mthimkulu pleaded not guilty to eight counts of culpable homicide, as well as to the alternative charges.

The case has been adjourned to July 13.

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