Driver faces murder charges after bakkie with 29 children crashes

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The driver of a bakkie carrying 29 schoolchildren that plunged into a dam has been arrested for murder, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Five children died in the accident in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands yesterday morning.

“The 24-year-old man was driving along the D532 road in the Rietvlei area, near Elsmore Farm, conveying 29 schoolchildren in his Colt bakkie,” said Colonel Jay Naicker.

“He allegedly lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into a farm sludge dam. Twenty four children managed get out of the dam alive and five bodies were recovered by the police search and rescue unit.

“The suspect, who was not injured, was arrested by members of Rietvlei police,” said Naicker.

He said the man will face charges of murder, attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving.

He will appear in the Greytown Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

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