Michael­house heals af­ter killer crash

The Mercury - - NEWS -

ALL but four of the 47 Michael­house pupils and staff in­jured in a bus crash last week have been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

For three boys and one staff mem­ber still in hos­pi­tal, it would be a long road to re­cov­ery, read a state­ment from the Mid­lands school.

They were in­jured when their bus over­turned on the N3 be­tween Hil­ton and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. They had been on their way to a soc­cer tour­na­ment.

Themba Dloti, 16, died in the crash and was buried af­ter a fu­neral at Gra­ce­point Church in Midrand, Jo­han­nes­burg.

It is be­lieved a tyre burst and caused the bus – owned by pri­vate com­pany Ma­haraj Coaches – to crash.

The school and bus com­pany said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would take some time.

The bus had not yet been re­turned af­ter it was taken for in­spec­tion by a team from the De­part­ment of Trans­port’s col­li­sion unit, which is prob­ing the crash. The De­part­ment of Trans­port was not avail­able for comment.

Mean­while, the school was try­ing to get the boys to re­sume nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties, and the flags – which were flown at half-mast for Dloti – were back at the top of their poles.

“This does not, of course, take away the pain, and this is some­thing that we will all live with for a very long time.

“Coun­selling for boys and staff will con­tinue here as long as it is nec­es­sary, and no doubt dis­cus­sion on the ac­ci­dent will con­tinue for ever,” the school said. – Mer­cury Re­porter

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