Watch: Minibus left a blackened shell after bursting into flames in deadly crash



Associated Press

A minibus carrying young students collided with a truck and burst into flames in South Africa on Friday, killing about 20 children.

The bus carrying young students collided with a truck, killing about 20 children in South Africa overnight.
Source: Associated Press

The victims were between 5 and 10 years old, according to a spokesman for paramedic company ER24.

He added that several children survived after being pulled from the wreckage near Bronkhorstspruit, east of the capital, Pretoria.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

South Africa's transport minister expressed condolences to the families of the dead.

A total of 235 people died in accidents on South Africa's roads during the recent Easter period, according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

That's a 51 per cent increase over the same period last year.

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