Nine children killed as truck and bakkie collide

2009-12-15 00:00

NINE children were killed in a head-on crash between a truck and a bakkie yesterday evening.

The collision also killed three adults and left two people critically injured, on the R603 near Umbumbulu.

All the deceased were in the bakkie. The children included five boys and four girls, aged between three and 15.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare 911 said the truck was headed towards Pietermaritzburg and the bakkie in the opposite direction, when they collided.

The two survivors from the bakkie, the driver and a young girl, were rushed to a Durban hospital by EMRS with serious injuries.

The truck driver and his passenger were also taken to hospital with injuries.

Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele has sent his condolences to the fa­milies of the deceased and wished the injured a swift recovery.

“The national department will send a team of accident investigators and accident reconstruction specialists to assist the police in their investigation.

“We need to find out how this carnage could have happened,” said his spokesman, Logan Maistry.

Provincial Road Transport Inspectorate (RTI) spokeswoman Zintle Mngomezulu said it is too early in the holiday season to have such a high number of deaths in one accident.

“All the resources will be put in use to ascertain the cause of the accident. At this stage, no one could be questioned as the survivors in the bakkie were in a critical condition. The truck driver and his passenger were also injured,” Mngomezulu said.

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