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Nine children hurt in KZN accidents

2012-11-05 21:07

Johannesburg - Nine schoolchildren were injured in two accidents in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday afternoon, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said a school bus in which eight children were being transported home from school crashed on Clapenham Road in Westville.

The taxi driver appeared to have lost control of the vehicle.

Eight children, between the ages of five to 13, suffered various injuries.

"The worst of the injuries [was] a 12-year-old girl who suffered two broken arms," Jackson said.

The girl was treated on scene and taken to a local hospital by ambulance along with the other seven children.

The second accident took place on Bishopstowe Road in Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg where a 16-year-old girl was walking home from school.

She was knocked over by a bakkie and flung into the long grass at the side of the road.

The girl sustained critical head injuries as well as a badly broken leg.

Paramedics placed her on life support and she was stabilised further en route to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The occupants of the bakkie were not injured in the collision.