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Children injured in crash

Ten learners were slightly injured during a collision between a taxi transporting learners and another vehicle along a stop-and-go section on the R43 between Stanford and Hermanus.

The accident occurred on Monday afternoon after the driver of a red car allegedly “jumped the stop-and-go” at Voëlklip, failing to adhere to road workers instructions not to proceed and collided with the taxi which was travelling in the opposite direction towards Hermanus.

Amélia de Villiers, the secretary at Okkie Smuts Primary in Stanford, says ten learners sustained slight injuries in the accident. The learners were travelling in a private taxi.

“Luckily the taxi driver ensured that all the children were wearing their safety belts otherwise things could have been so much worse,” she said.

A teacher of the school who was travelling in another taxi, jumped out of the vehicle when she realised that one of the vehicles involved in the crash was transporting children of Okkie Smuts Primary.

“Teacher Florence Gobeni jumped out of the vehicle she was travelling in and went to assist and comfort the children in the other taxi.

“Most of the children only sustained bumps and bruises but one had a cracked arm. Teacher Gobeni stayed with the children until one of our School Governing Body members - sergeant Anisa October - arrived at the scene to stay with the children until they were transported to hospital,” said De Villiers.

Jandré Grobler, Okkie Smuts Primary’s HOD, had meanwhile rushed to the hospital where he stayed with the traumatised young learners until their parents could fetch them.

“We arranged counselling for the learners,” said De Villiers.

Overstrand Traffic Department confirmed that two vehicles were involved.

“The driver of the motor vehicle sustained serious injuries and two children who were travelling in the minibus taxi sustained less serious injuries,” the Traffic Department reported.

The road was closed for a period of time while rescue workers attended to the injured and authorities cleared the accident scene.

Captain Fadila September, spokesperson for the Hermanus Police, says the police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

She added that the Quantum minibus and other vehicles were cleared to drive through the stop-and-go section when the Yaris approached from the opposite direction and collided with the minibus.

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