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Truck crashes into school killing 7 children following tyre burst

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Five school children were killed and others injured when a truck crashed through a fence at Vyfhoek Primary School after experiencing a tyre burst in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

On Friday, the North West Department of Community Safety and Transport Management said two more children have died after the horrific truck accident bringing the death toll to seven.

The North West Department of Community Safety and Transport Management said the deceased children were between the ages of 5 and 13.

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The accident happened on the N12, a few kilometres outside of Potchefstroom.

Two, from six learners who were injured succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

“The mini truck is reported to have been traveling from Potchefstroom towards the Johannesburg direction on the N12 road and capsized after a front wheel tyre burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle,” says North West Education spokesperson Elias Malindi.

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The Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Sello Lehari, said he was saddened by the tragic incident.

“This is indeed a tragedy. These children could have been our future leaders. As government, we are deeply devastated to hear of the loss.

“We pray that you find comfort in this dark time and that you accept our sincere condolences. We also wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he said.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation.

ER24 paramedics said the truck crashed through the school fence and stopped in the parking area.

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“ER24 and several other services responded to the scene along the N12, approximately 10km outside of Potchefstroom. On arrival, medics found the truck parked near several small container buildings,” said spokesperson Russel Meiring.

“Upon closer inspection, medics found three children lying under the truck while several others were around the vehicle. All the children were believed to be aged between 7 and 11,” he said.

Medics found four of the children showed no signs of life. “Unfortunately, nothing could be done for them, and they were later declared dead.

“Three other children were in a critical condition, while two others had severe injuries. Medics treated the patients and provided them with advanced life support. Unfortunately, after a short time, one critically injured child succumbed to their injuries.”

The driver of the truck was not injured.

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