Teacher tells of near-miss in horror school crash

2012-01-20 22:30

Cape Town - A teacher at JS Kloppers Primary School near Cape Town narrowly missed being hit by a car that crashed into the building on Friday.

Edith Layman was walking outside the school building when she heard the vehicle speeding up the path. "The wheels weren't touching the ground," she told News24.

She was just 1m away from the vehicle when it slammed into a wall at the school. The car was travelling at "a terrific speed".  

Layman said when she looked inside the car, the driver was already dead.

The teacher said one of the children in the car was flung through the windshield and ended up with "his head on the bonnet" and "his body up against the wall".

"You could see the blood coming out of his head," said Layman.

Soon after, a parent found the other child lying next to the car. "He was cold and turning blue."

One child was airlifted to Red Cross Children's Hospital. The hospital confirmed to News24 that the child is in theatre. The other child was taken by ambulance to hospital.

The nature of his condition is unclear.  

Another adult who was in the car had to be broken out of the vehicle as his legs had been crushed.

No schoolchildren were injured in the incident.

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  • Justine Marais - 2012-01-20 23:36

    It doesn't sound like the children was attached in carseats? When are people going to learn to stop playing russian roulette with their kids' lives?!

      Mercury01 - 2012-01-21 07:43

      My boy goes to this school,and he says it was just a few minutes before break time,the car went into the wall of the girls toillet,luckilly there was no one around.I saw the scene and let me tell u that car litrally flew over that fence and school field cause ther was no skid marks on the grass or sand.

      Nico - 2012-01-21 07:44

      Thats a fact, a few times I saw small children standing on the front seats, hell man thats a brainless parent.

      wcslater - 2012-01-21 11:46

      Totally agreed Justine...but apparently 2 retards disagree with you.

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 23:39

    Lauren, please go back to grade one and get an education ! How does one get "broken out" ?

      Brandon - 2012-01-21 07:32

      Yep! Epic fail!

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 23:41

    Lauren, do you get paid to do this ?

  • Debi Williams - 2012-01-21 02:21

    I hate to be pedantic in the light of such a terrible accident but why do people not strap their kids in safely in cars???? I don't understand the rationale of not using car seats for babies and booster seats for older kids. Or even just a jolly seatbelt would be better than nothing. It is just beyond me! I hope those kiddies will make full recoveries.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-21 05:03

    This was a suicide mission !! N B News24 : A VERY POORLY WRITTEN STORY!!

  • flies37 - 2012-01-21 08:11

    Poorly written article and this is becoming a trend with News 24.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-21 08:16

    what a poorly written article!

  • Thoka - 2012-01-21 08:21


  • nolween.wigzell - 2012-01-21 11:41

    Uncontrolled epilepsy was(is?) a factor for disqualification for a drivers license.

  • Zion - 2012-01-21 12:09

    While not wanting to be too critical, this story sounds rather fishy and something is very wrong indeed. "The vehicle was speeding up the path and the wheels were not touching the ground and it was travelling at a terrific speed". Firstly cars do not fly. Cars travelling up any path at any speed would need traction of sorts to maintain that "terrific speed" To lift a car off its wheels would mean to lift it high enough to attain the maximum clearance from the suspension system before the wheels are lifted off the ground. A car with wheels off the ground will tend to rev up very high and rather noisy due to little power output. As I say: This is only my opinion.

      Zion - 2012-01-22 16:55

      So I see there are three thumbs down for a truthful fact. Now I have to assume that cars can fly: here I am not referring to trucks trains,n airplanes or lawn mowers or scooters with wings. I am referrig to the car that crashed into a wall of a school. Now if a car could fly it would have went over the roof and landed on the local airfield. Yes I am talking as much bulldust as those ignorami who believe cars can fly despite what teacher may say. Actually those that think cars can fly must be locked up for being delusional and teacher included. Lock me up too because I claim cars cannot fly, not even with pretty little wings.

  • Zion - 2012-01-21 12:21

    As for seat belts. Years ago my late father went on a fishing trip. In the flurry to get going he left his fishing reel behind. He was driving an old DKW. He lost control on a bend, the car left the road and rolled several times and he was thrown out of the car. The car was a flattened piece of wreckage. My father had a broken hip bone. Had he been strapped into the car he would probably have been killed. He lived another 15years. Is for myself I believe it is imperative to wear seat belts. If I drive a car with passengers either they buckle up or get out.

  • des.rentel - 2012-01-21 14:01

    This seems a suicide attept or the driver was drunk!!!

  • Mienie - 2012-01-21 14:04

    It sounds so painful to say the patient had to be broken out of the car. I hope the person did not sustain extra injuries by this action. Would it not have been more appropriate to say that the jaws of life was used by the rescue team to free the people from the vehicle.

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