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Port Elizabeth - A 16-year-old girl was killed and nine others were injured when a bus overturned in Ncanarha near Port Elizabeth, the Eastern Cape traffic department said on Friday.

The accident happened on the N10, N2 and R72 interchange on Thursday night, said provincial traffic department spokesman Tsepo Machaea.

The driver lost control of the bus while approaching a curve. It went through the embankment and overturned.

The teenager died on the scene. The injured were taken to Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth, said Machaea.

The bus was transporting 75 athletes from schools in the Alfred Nzo District to Port Elizabeth for provincial games.

Eastern Cape sport MEC Xoliswa Tom sent her condolences to the family of the girl. She wished the injured pupils speedy recovery.

“I feel heartbroken when young children being developed to be the future stars that can represent this country in sport, are subjected to such trauma,” she said.

Sapa