At least twenty people have died in a road crash yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday after a minibus conveying school children collided with a truck.
18 children and two adults were killed on the spot as the bus exploded in flames.
Russel Meiring, the spokesperson for ER24 South Africa’s national emergency care network, said the minibus was ferrying children from school when it collided with a truck and exploded into a fireball between the towns of Verena and Bronkhorstspruit, roughly 45 miles north-east of the capital Pretoria.
“I am saddened. It’s a sad day for education,” said Panyaza Lesufi, the education minister for Gauteng province who was at the crash scene.
Locals rescued a number of injured children who were attended to by paramedics.
Road accidents frequently happen in South Africa despite it has an advanced road system.
Joe Maswanganyi the nation’s minister of transportation had previously warned road users to be cautious on the road as he said the Easter weekend death toll had increased by 51 percent to 235 compared to same period last year.