Nineteen children and two adults were killed on a South African highway on Friday when a truck collided with a school bus.
Local broadcaster News 24 reported that the truck driver was recorded in dashcam footage attempting to illegally pass another truck through a double lane on a two-lane highway outside Pongola before hitting the bus.
The driver is reportedly facing charges of premeditated murder and negligent driving. He turned himself in to the authorities after initially fleeing the scene, according to the outlet as reported New York Post.
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The station said all the children killed were between 5 and 12 years old.
The two victims were reportedly the bus driver and another passenger. It was not clear if anyone on the bus survived.
Local residents said aggressive truck drivers had taken control of the roads since the area’s railways and ports were out of service.
“Drivers just drive however they want, and some truck companies don’t pay their drivers properly, they pay per load,” Adrian Chaning-Pearce told the station.
“Pongola communities that use and live along the N2 are being intimidated, and [there have been warnings] That there will be problems. We have told the authorities that [what has happened] It was just a matter of time.”
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Originally published as 19 children, 2 adults killed after truck collides with school bus in South Africa