Schoolchildren sustained minor injuries when the minibus they were travelling in collided with two cars at the corner of 8th and 9th roads in Midrand.
The minibus was allegedly driving into oncoming traffic when the incident took place this morning, 13 September.
There were eight children from Noodwyk Primary School and a further eight from Noordwyk Secondary School involved in the collision.
Spokesperson for the Metro police Edna Mamonyane confirmed the incident. “The driver was allegedly driving into the oncoming traffic when the accident took place. He fled the scene immediately after it happened.”
Deputy principal at Noordwyk Primary School, Sophie Phaahle, said seven of the eight learners who were involved in the accident were admitted to hospital with minor injuries. “Paramedics attended to them on the scene and transported them to hospital for treatment. One learner escaped unharmed.”
Principal for Noordwyk Secondary School, Alex Tau, said that one of the eight learners from the school sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital. “The other seven were also taken to hospital for examination.”
Tau further advised parents not to put their children in a transport vehicle that was not registered with the Midrand Learner Transport Association.
“We urge parents to check whether the transport they are hiring for their children is registered with the association. That helps in identifying the driver, ensuring that the vehicle is roadworthy and drivers are adhering to the code and conduct of the association,” he said.
Secretary for the Midrand Learner Transport Association, Simon Masoeu, revealed the minibus was not part of their association.
“We approached the owner of the minibus about four months ago to come register and comply with the criteria but he never availed himself. He was supposed to be screened, registered and given a sticker for identification purposes,” said Masoeu.
“We always work closely with schools and law enforcement agencies to ensure that incidences like these don’t take place.”
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