Two children were killed on Wednesday when a truck delivering food to the Lekgolo Primary School in Limpopo ploughed into a school wall that collapsed onto pupils. The harrowing incident drew all regional emergency crews to the site, but nothing could be done to save the youngsters.
Breaking News:Two pupils of Lekgolo Primary School in Mamaila Kolobetona (Sekgosese) died this morning after a truck which was delivering food at school knocked off the gate wall and fell on them. pic.twitter.com/5bMnYWPWJi— Giyani View (@giyaniview) January 22, 2020
Lekgolo school tragedy – two dead, two injured in Limpopo
According to the province’s education MEC, Polly Boshielo, two other learners were inured in the incident and were rushed to the Kgapane Hospital. The school is situated in the Mopani East education district. The MEC said she was “rushing to the scene”
The school is located in Mamaila village, Sekgosese – a town north-east of Polokwane and just off the R36 where it meets the N1. We have been told that, as well as the two fatalities, there are two children who are seriously injured. Some reports suggest that all four casualties are “from the same family”.
Families “struggling to comprehend” tragic crash
The department’s psycho-social unit had been dispatched to start trauma counselling of learners, educators, support stuff and bereaved families. The school was closed for the day earlier on Wednesday.
Local families and parents rushed to the school to collect their loved ones. Emotions were running high as the caregivers came to terms with the freak accident that caused such a devastating tragedy. It is yet to be established why the lorry veered off the road and slammed into the structure.
The inconsolable family of the 4 learners hit by school wall at Lekgolo Primary in Mamaila leave the school premises. 2 learners died, two others hospitalized. All four are from the same family #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/uCqLHfJvl3— Pimani Baloyi (@PimaniBaloyi) January 22, 2020