One child was killed and 86 others injured after a bus craash. Image: Google maps/ ER24

One child killed, 86 others injured in bus crash

One child was killed and 86 others were injured when the driver of the bus they were travelling in lost control and crashed


One child was killed and 86 others injured after a bus craash. Image: Google maps/ ER24

A bus crash that occurred on Saturday night, 22 April, resulted in the death of one child and injured 86 others. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash off the Deerpark T-Junction and collide with several trees.

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Bus found at the bottom of embankment

At 19h58, ER24 and several other services responded to the scene and found the bus at the bottom of a small embankment. Upon arrival, several children had already exited the bus and were on the roadside.

Upon closer examination, medics discovered the body of a boy trapped between two seats inside the bus. Unfortunately, medical personnel pronounced the child dead as he had already succumbed to his injuries.

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At the scene, rescuers discovered eighty children between the ages of six and eleven with injuries that ranged from minor to severe, while six adults sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The patients were treated and provided with advanced life support before being transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

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Local authorities were present at the scene to conduct further investigations into the incident. The exact details surrounding the cause of the crash are unknown.


With many accidents occurring on our roads, you might find yourself on the scene of one.

Here is what you can do:

  • The safety of accident victims, emergency personnel, and other road users is the most important goal when an accident occurs.
  • The first hour following an accident is known as the “Golden Hour,” and doctors say seriously injured car crash victims must receive comprehensive medical care within 60 minutes to have a good chance of survival. This scenario gives rescuers about 12 minutes at the accident scene to extricate the injured and get them to the hospital.
  • Consider the traffic flow at the scene. Is it a risk to you or others, including the casualty?
  • Consider the impact on emergency vehicles trying to reach the scene before stopping traffic.

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  • If anyone is available, send someone up and down the road to wave down traffic.
  • Turn on hazard lights and ignite flares if the incident happened at night to warn oncoming motorists of the danger.
  • Consider the positioning of any vehicles involved in the incident and the potential hazards they may pose (such as rolling forwards or backwards). Consider safety – constantly reassess the safety of the scene, especially if you rely on others to keep you safe.
  • Turn off all of the vehicles involved in the collision.