Picture: ER24
Picture: ER24
Picture: ER24
Picture: ER24

Johannesburg - At least 100 people sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious after a truck and school bus collided in Westonaria, paramedics said on Tuesday. 

The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon on the N12 highway. 

ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen said paramedics arrived on the scene before 4pm and found a large group of people walking on the scene. 

"Upon further assessment, they found at least 100 people who sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious. 

"Most of the injured were schoolchildren believed to be between the ages of 8 and 14. The driver of the truck sustained moderate injuries."

The ER24 Oneplan helicopter airlifted a seriously injured child to hospital for further medical care. 

ER24, as well as other medical services on the scene, transported patients to hospital for further medical care.

"The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not yet known to our paramedics but police were on the scene for further investigations," she said.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) meanwhile, called on Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi to prioritise an investigation into the tragic accident.

"It is uncertain at this stage what caused the accident, but as highlighted by this year’s road accident statistics for Gauteng, injury and death on the provinces roads remain the status quo." 

Additional reporting by ANA