Durban High girls return to school after bus crash

2016-08-29 13:09
Bus crash. (ER24)

Bus crash. (ER24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – Three Durban Girls High School pupils and one teacher remain in intensive care after a bus crash, the principal said on Monday.

Eight girls were still in hospital after the bus crash on Friday night, principal Erica Hayes-Hill said.

“Three learners and one of our staff members are in intensive care. Some have moved from critical to serious.”

Fifty-one pupils, four staff members, and four coaches were on the bus when it crashed on the N2 in Amanzimtoti. They were returning from a soccer tournament in Port Shepstone.

“The injured staff members stayed at the scene and made sure that the girls were attended to before they were treated. Some of the girls were also able to help others who were injured.”

A pupil fainted while Hayes-Hill was addressing an assembly about the accident on Monday. While Hayes-Hill was speaking, one girl shouted: “Someone has passed out.”  

Hayes-Hill said their first priority was to ensure that staff and girls were safe and that they received the best treatment. Staff members went to the accident scene to assist.

“This is not the time to use social media to send around photos of girls who are injured or traumatic pictures,” she said.

School 'handled situation well'

KwaZulu-Natal education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said police and the transport department were investigating the accident.  

They were happy with how the school handled the situation. By midnight on Friday, all the staff and pupils had been accounted for, he said.

Bus company Roselux Tours was also conducting its own investigation.

Earlier on Monday, a pupil and her father arrived at the school’s reception and asked a teacher for the bags that had been on the bus. The teacher asked her if she was well enough to be at school. She said she wanted to be there.

Another girl arrived at reception with a wound on her forehead and another on her knee. Her father was carrying her school bag.

A parent sitting next to the injured pupil sympathised with her. She told her she had been lucky because her own daughter was badly injured.

“Mine has stitches from here to here,” she said pointing, from her hip to her knee.

Most of the children involved in the accident were not at school on Monday morning.

In a separate bus accident on Friday, 56 pupils were injured when their bus rolled down an embankment on the R603 near Adams College in Umbumbulu.

Read more on:    durban  |  accidents

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.