3 kids, 6 teachers die in midnight crash

2011-10-03 09:59

Johannesburg - Three children and six teachers were killed when a school bus collided with a truck and a van on Monday morning outside Harrismith, Free State police said.

"Nine people died... three children and six teachers," said Sergeant Mmako Mophiring.

Another 48 people, including the drivers of the truck and the van, were injured.

"At about 00:45 the bus, from Spruitview in Gauteng, was on the way to Kwazulu-Natal transporting schoolchildren and teachers to Durban on the N3," said Mophiring in a statement.

"Just outside Harrismith the bus collided with the truck that was travelling on the opposite direction from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng transporting coal. It also collided again with the van on the same road."

Ten people were critically injured and 38 suffered less serious injuries.

"The truck driver is critical and the van driver sustained minor injuries."

The ages of the children were not yet known and it was not known which school they were from.

Last month, nine teachers were killed in a crash between a taxi and a bakkie outside Zeerust in the North West.

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  • aarchaic - 2011-10-03 10:05

    very sad :( good luck to the families and all involved!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-03 10:08

    Everyday people are killed on South African roads but what preventative measures are taken by the authorities: Nothing ! I'm still reeling from the Maritzburg taxi accident, now more horror. A truly sad situation :(

      Bhopopo - 2011-10-03 11:13

      sadly, the authorities cant stop this... We, the road users need to play our part

      Nombuso - 2011-10-04 11:50

      hey this day it sound as if God show his power but taxi drive are a part of Satanism because they dont respect passengers they drive as if they smoke dagga however some already smoke dagga even in ranks. We need a big prayer for us and our childen !!!

  • daaivark - 2011-10-03 10:21

    My first thought was to wonder what they were doing on the road at that time of night. Tragic.

  • willieman - 2011-10-03 10:22


      willieman - 2011-10-03 11:26

      What's the defference between my comment and SYd's--- this question is directed to those 3 who checked me down

      Airborne68 - 2011-10-03 11:33

      Probably the 3 taxi drivers with unlicensed vehicles who gave you the thumbs down.

      Bee - 2011-10-03 12:10

      I checked you down because saying every car on our roads should have insurance is absurd and will do nothing to increase road safety. I'm all for making sure all cars are roadworthy, but forcing people to pay for insurance just means a whole segment of car owners will be *less* able to keep their cars well maintained as they now have to spend their money on insurance. Which does nothing to ensure that a car is kept roadworthy once they have approved the vehicle. And also because I hate being shouted at in caps lock.

      Airborne68 - 2011-10-03 14:13

      Shame Bee, how pathetic that you can actually hate 'being shouted at'. It's only a computer, he was making a strong point.

      Bee - 2011-10-03 16:43

      @ Airborne 68. Glad to see the only thing you could respond to was the least relevant part of my comment. And your right "hate" was too strong a term to use. It just makes me mildly annoyed when people type in caps lock because technically it's quite rude. But the person who posted asked what was wrong with his post, so I thought I would be thorough in my answer.

  • mogispie - 2011-10-03 10:36

    This is becoming a regular occurance. Wish people would stick to the rules of the road.

  • Syd - 2011-10-03 10:37

    The majority of the crashes involve trucks, busses and minibus taxis yet the minister of transport wants to reduce the speed limit for light motor vehicles. Control the vehicles which are already supposed to be limited to 80 or 100 KMH and the main cause of the problem might be solved. Get cops out on the road 24/7 and control the bad drivers and get the unroadworthy vehicles off the roads. Don't waste time trying to re-invent the wheel. Condolences to the families of the deceased.

      OZNOB - 2011-10-03 11:11

      MOST of the trucks have speed limit signs of 80 or 100kmh even though they can go faster and some do

  • PilgrimX - 2011-10-03 10:46

    I guess by now the death toll on SA roads is probably the highest in the world.

      Susan - 2011-10-03 12:03

      It looks like that to me as well

  • d54 - 2011-10-03 10:48

    "collided with the truck that was travelling on the opposite direction" One of them was on the wrong side of the road.

  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-10-03 10:57

    Time of accident might suggest driver fatigue - either on the part of the bus driver or truck driver.

  • Airborne68 - 2011-10-03 11:05

    I took footage of a taxi (fully laden) travelling at 160km/h on the N2 south bound. It was raining heavily at the time. I know what I did was illegal, but I had to speed to catch the guy on film. Now we have the minister of transport wanting to lower the speed limit. Not going to make a difference, I'm afraid. The taxi owners, as businessmen, should be held totally responsible for the actions of the drivers, just as CEOs and MDs are held responsible for the safety of their employees. This includes speeeding, unroadworthy vehicles and all traffic violations. There is total anarchy when it comes to the taxis on the road.

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-03 11:09

    it was the speed that killed them - i mean really what were doing driving at that time of night ,driver fatigue probably had alot to do with the accident happening

  • hannesw1 - 2011-10-03 11:17

    There are white boeremag members in custody for over six years in what must be the longest trial ever, for making threats against black people. However, taxi and bus drivers kill black people almost daily and no big hoo-ha. Is this how much government value black lives?

      Janine - 2011-10-03 11:27

      And once again, someone managed to make this into a racial issue. Sigh.

      willieman - 2011-10-03 11:36

      What has this got to do with race

      AntonioP - 2011-10-03 14:07

      Good question: "what has this to do with race" So I propose an in-depth investigation. See if there's a statistic correlation between countries that are predominantly black and the traffic accident rate per capita. In the mean time, all are welcome to guess the outcome -but it will remain a "guess" of course.

  • S - 2011-10-03 11:28

    What is going on these days with busses and taxies?? Every second day you hear or read about a crash or busses driving into rivers or taxies that was overloaded. Its getting crazy!!!

  • Ingie - 2011-10-03 11:35

    Very sad...and wonder if the minister of transport still says he is going to make the speed limit 100km..still say its the drivers There was also the matric student that was killed near Umlazi on Friday night going to his matric dance when another car collided with them from the other direction.Sadly he never made it to the dance...also very sad. Most of these drivers have a Code10 licence and I feel that all of these drivers that have this licence should be made/forced to carry out their proper Code 8 licence. Yes, it may be driving a truck, but a truck is diff to driving a car.

  • lakhan7 - 2011-10-03 15:23

    ...we need the gautrain to be extend soon... Capetown-JHB-Durban with stops inbetween ...this would minimize road deaths

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