Bus Carrying Scholars in Accident

Bus Carrying Scholars Involved in Accident
Bus Carrying Scholars Involved in Accident

After a relatively quiet and accident free period, for which we are sincerely thankful, a few accidents have occurred from 18 to 22 February 2016.

Primary school learners from the Salem School were being transported to school along the narrow gravel service road running next to the railway line, (on the eastern side of Ethandakukhanya) on Friday, 19 February, when the bus left the road and tumbled down to the railway line, which at the specific spot goes through a rather deep trench. The bus apparently rolled once and came to a standstill on the side of the tracks. The cause of the accident is still being investigated. The accident occurred at about 08:00. The road travelled by at the time of the accident, however, does not really seem fit to be used by normal traffic, let alone busses carrying passengers. Luckily there were no fatalities. Six children were injured rather badly, (having broken an arm or leg or such) but no life threatening injuries were sustained by anyone. Of the other children, 22 were injured less seriously and 65 were left with minor injuries – the odd bruise here and there. Of course, all the little ones had quite a shock. One cannot help but wonder if an accident like this could have been prevented had the causeway below the railway line, near the twin bridges, been repaired and the road across it used by busses and other vehicles again.

On the previous evening, 18 February, at about 17:30, two trucks collided on the N2 Ermelo road. This was not a complete head-on collission although the two trucks did come from different directions and for some or other reason they collided. The only current version as to the reason for the collission occurring, is that of one of the drivers, but the matter is still being investigated. Two people were slightly injured during the accident. Marina Stander After a relatively quiet and accident free period, for which we are sincerely thankful, a few accidents have occurred from 18 to 22 February 2016. Primary school learners from the Salem School were being transported to school along the narrow gravel service road running next to the railway line, (on the eastern side of Ethandakukhanya) on Friday, 19 February, when the bus left the road and tumbled down to the railway line, which at the specific spot goes through a rather deep trench. The bus apparently rolled once and came to a standstill on the side of the tracks. The cause of the accident is still being investigated. The accident occurred at about 08:00. The road travelled by at the time of the accident, however, does not really seem fit to be used by normal traffic, let alone busses carrying passengers. Luckily there were no fatalities. Six children were injured rather badly, (having broken an arm or leg or such) but no life threatening injuries were sustained by anyone. Of the other children, 22 were injured less seriously and 65 were left with minor injuries – the odd bruise here and there. Of course, all the little ones had quite a shock. One cannot help but wonder if an accident like this could have been prevented had the causeway below the railway line, near the twin bridges, been repaired and the road across it used by busses and other vehicles again.

Another accident occurred on the N2 between Ermelo and Piet Retief on Saturday, 20 February, at about 23:00. The driver of a Toyota Corolla, who had been driving towards Piet Retief, alleges that he tried to avoid an accident when a motorist in an oncoming vehicle was trying to overtake another and he (the driver of the Corolla) had to swerve out. He consequently lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the grass on the side of the road. Luckily nobody was injured. One passenger was slightly injured when the truck she was travelling in collided with another truck from behind, on Monday, 22 February. The accident ocurred on the gravel road between Driefontein and Panbult at around 08:30. Apparently the front truck was spraying the road with water to keep dust under control and was therefore travelling at a very low speed. It is, however, not yet clear why the second truck collided with the front one.

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