Johannesburg - A child was critically injured when a school bus collided with a truck in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, on Monday morning.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the accident happened on the R511 at about 7.30am and 38 people, including several children, were injured. 

"ER24 paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene at approximately 07h30 to find a large truck on the side of the road on its roof. A bus was found parked in the road a short distance away. Local authorities began to close off the road while paramedics set up a triage area."

He said a man was trapped inside the cab of the truck and specialised rescue equipment was used to free him.

Picture: Supplied

Picture: Supplied

Picture: Supplied

Critically injured patients were treated with advanced life support interventions. 

"Shortly after treatment, one critically injured child was airlifted by a private medical helicopter to a nearby hospital while the remaining patients were transported by ambulance to various hospitals."

Police were on the scene to determine the cause of the accident.

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African News Agency (ANA)