At least 20 children were killed in a tragic bus crash in Pretoria, the South African capital on Friday, AFP reports.
The accident was said to have occurred when a minibus collided with a truck on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena.
The vehicle burst into flames following the collision.
Many children were trapped inside the bus and most of the fatalities were declared dead at the site of the accident.
“It is confirmed 20 children have been killed,” Russel Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service, told AFP.
“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services already in attendance. The fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side.”
Several other children were injured, and had been transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.