Nine school children hurt in accident

2011-09-15 07:21

Nine school children were injured this morning after the bakkie they were travelling in smashed into a tree in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go down a slope on a gravel road in the Imbali area.

“It then smashed into the tree... Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the children lying on the grass next to the road. One sustained serious injuries while the rest escaped with minor injuries,” he said.

As the injured children, aged between seven and nine, were being transported to the Edendale Hospital, paramedics spotted another child who was hit by a car while trying to cross the road.

She was stabilised, loaded into the same ambulance and taken to hospital.

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