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Scholar Transport And Train Crash In Eastern Cape Leaves Three Dead

The taxi, responsible for transporting learners from Samnkelwe Senior Secondary School, collided with a train carrying Manganese near the railway crossing in Nomathamsanqa. Reports suggest that the taxi was overloaded at the time of the crash.

The Eastern Cape has been struck by a devastating accident involving scholar transport and a train, resulting in a death toll of three.

The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon in the Addo region, leaving twenty school learners injured. Currently, four students are still in critical condition and receiving medical care in the hospital.

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Tragic Scholar Transport And Train Crash In Eastern Cape Leaves Three Dead-SurgeZirc SA
Tragic Scholar Transport And Train Crash In Eastern Cape Leaves Three Dead

According to Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the police spokesperson, authorities were alerted to the scene around 15:45.

The taxi, responsible for transporting learners from Samnkelwe Senior Secondary School, collided with a train carrying Manganese near the railway crossing in Nomathamsanqa. Reports suggest that the taxi was overloaded at the time of the crash.

Tragically, the minibus driver was declared dead at the scene, while twenty passengers were rushed to the hospital. Among the injured, a 15-year-old boy sustained severe injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Gqeberha.

Tragic Scholar Transport And Train Crash In Eastern Cape Leaves Three Dead-SurgeZirc SA
Tragic Scholar Transport And Train Crash In Eastern Cape Leaves Three Dead

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Eyewitnesses reported that they had heard the sound of the approaching train, but the driver failed to heed their warnings. Consequently, the taxi driver lost his life on impact, and one of the pupils passed away while being airlifted to Gqeberha.

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In response to this tragic incident, Sharon Maasdorp, the Eastern Cape Acting Head of Education, has issued a stern warning to both parents and scholar transport drivers, urging them to exercise extra vigilance in ensuring the safety of learners during transportation.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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