19 children and 2 adults killed after truck hits school bus in South Africa


Nineteen children and two adults were killed Friday on a South African highway when a truck slammed head-on into a school bus.

The truck driver was surprised by dash cam footage trying to illegally pass another truck on a double line on a two-lane highway outside Pongola before he sped into the bus, local station News 24 reported.

The driver would face charges of intentional homicide and negligent driving. He turned into authorities after initially fleeing the scene, according to the outlet.

All of the children who were killed were between 5 and 12 years old, the station said. The two adult victims are believed to be the bus driver and another passenger. It was unclear if anyone on the bus survived.

Local residents said aggressive truckers had taken over the roads since railroads and ports in the area were shut down.

It is not known if there are any survivors of the collision.
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Local residents said aggressive truckers had taken over the roads since railroads and ports in the area were shut down.
All the children killed were between 5 and 12 years old.
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“Drivers drive however they want, and some trucking companies don’t pay their drivers properly, they pay per load,” Adrian Chaning-Pearce told the station.

“The Pongola communities using and living along the N2 are terrorized, and [there have been warnings] that there will be problems. We told the authorities that [what has happened] was only a matter of time.



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