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article image18 dead, at least 27 injured in road accident in South Africa

By Anne Sewell     Jul 21, 2012 in World
Cradock - After two buses collided head on near the Eastern Cape town of Cradock, South Africa, 18 people are dead and at least 27 are injured.
A South African official has reported that a bus crash in the country's Eastern Cape has killed 18 people and injured around 27. Three of the dead were elementary school children on their way to a sports event.
Transportation department official Ncedo Kumbaca told reporters that a bus and a mini-bus were involved in a head-on collision early on Saturday near Cradock in the Eastern Cape. 18 have died and 27 were injured, some severely.
Kumbaca was unable to give information as to the identity of the victims, and it is not immediately clear how many passengers in total were on the two buses.
Some news services are reporting 31 injured. According to Tshepo Machaea, spokesman for the "Arrive Alive" road safety campaign, four people were badly hurt in the crash, while 27 only sustained minor injuries.
Arrive Alive is reporting that the principal of Cradock Primary School is among the 18 killed, when the vehicles collided on the R61 between Cradock and Graaf-Reinet. They are reporting that at least two school children were killed in the accident.
Machaea said, "The principal was actually driving the minibus when the crash occurred."
High death toll traffic accidents are not uncommon in South Africa and are often blamed on badly maintained roads and negligent drivers.
In an incident last week, around 25 people were killed at a level crossing, when a truck was hit by a cargo train.
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