1 dead, at least 22 high school pupils hurt after overcrowded taxi crashed into a bollard in Cape Town
One pupil has been confirmed dead and at least twenty-two others were injured after an overcrowded taxi conveying school children crashed into a billboard outside Parliament in Plein Street, Cape Town on Friday, August 20, 2021.
According to report, the crash occurred when the driver of the overfilled taxi jumped a red robot and almost rammed parliament’s gates but was prevented by sturdy metal bollard. The taxi also missed crashing into a 20th century statue of prime minister Louis Botha.
According to Richard Coleman, City of Cape Town traffic services spokesperson, “11 children were seriously injured and 11 had slight injuries”
According to White, majority of the occupants of the minibus were primary school pupils.
“This morning we received a call from another principal saying that our learners were involved in a serious accident in town in Plein Street,” he added.
“Upon receiving the phone call, myself and the school principal decided to come here and see who of our learners were involved in the accident and how serious it is. We needed to contact the parents and make them aware of what happened.
He said the pupils were from townships including Khayelitsha and went to a variety of schools in the city centre area.
The pupil were given first aid treatment before being transported to various hospitals in Cape Town.
Some of the pupil were transported to District Six hospital, some to Groote Schuur, while others were taken to Somerset Hospital.
The driver of the taxi and another adult in the bus were serious hurt.