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At least 20 children were killed in a bus crash outside the South African capital Pretoria on Friday, emergency services said, with many trapped inside the burning vehicle.

Axar.az reports that the minibus collided with a truck on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Pretoria.

"It is confirmed 20 children have been killed," Russel Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service, told AFP.

By the time paramedics arrived "the fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side", he added.

Many children were trapped inside the bus and most of the fatalities were declared dead at the site of the accident.

Several other children were injured, with reports that some of them were dragged from the wreckage by people at the scene.

The children were given "advanced life support interventions before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment," ER24 said in a statement.

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2017.04.21 / 20:29
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