Primary school kids hurt as bus crashes in Northdale

2015-10-22 10:21
Primary school children were injured after the bus they were travelling in crashed into a wall on the corner of Regina and Sheba roads yesterday afternoon.

Primary school children were injured after the bus they were travelling in crashed into a wall on the corner of Regina and Sheba roads yesterday afternoon. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Traumatised primary school children escaped with minor injuries when the bus they were travelling in lost control and crashed in Northdale on Wednesday afternoon. 

Thirty-eight children from Suncrest, Regina, Newholmes, Rosefern, Greenhill and TPA schools were being transported home after school when the bus overturned.

Police spokesperson Gay Ebrahim said last night that the bus driver was arrested for overloading the bus and for reckless and negligent driving.

“The bus driver said he saw the traffic light was red and realised the brakes were not working. He decided to turn into Sheba Road to avoid a more serious accident,” said a paramedic on scene.

The paramedic said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle whilst turning and crashed into the boundary wall of a nearby house.

Kevin Govender said he witnessed the crash but soon realised the children were safe after he saw them immediately leave the bus and walk around.

“We are just happy that all the children are safe. Emergency services arrived within minutes, which was also quite a relief,” said Govender.

Teachers from various schools flocked to the scene to ensure all the children were safe and accounted for.

Paramedics treated the children and bus driver and took them to various hospitals for further treatment. Children who had not been hurt were transported back to school by their teachers

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