Twenty killed in South Africa bus crash

  • 22/04/2017
Bus crash in South Africa
The scene of the crash (Twitter / @ER24EMS)

A driver and 19 school children have been killed in South Africa when the minibus they were in collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire in Mpumalanga province, emergency services say.

The vehicle was ferrying children from school when it collided with the truck between the towns of Verena and Bronkhorstpruit, northeast of the capital Pretoria, emergency services spokesman Russel Meiring said after Friday's crash.

Several children were injured and the dead children lay trapped inside the burnt-out shell of the vehicle that stood on its side, he said.

It was not clear what caused the collision, police said.

The minibus was taking students from school and collided with the truck and caught fire, Mpumalanga police spokesman Gerald Sedibe said. He said the minibus driver was killed, while the truck driver survived.

Even though it is Africa's most industrialised economy with a modern road network, South Africa has a dire road safety record.

Road deaths rose to 235 during this year's Easter weekend compared with 156 fatalities last year, transport officials said earlier on Friday.