Four dead after bridge collapse at Vanderbijlpark high school

Paramedics tend to the injured at the school in Vanderbijlpark. Photo: Vaal Weekblad

Four people have died and at least five people sustained critical injuries after a structure collapsed at a high school in Vanderbijlpark on Friday morning, according to Netcare911 media liaison officer Shawn Herbst.

According to eNCA, the carnage took place at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark.

“Reports from the scene indicate that multiple people sustained injuries when a bridge collapsed, believed to have trapped people in the process,” explained Herbst.

“Multiple people have sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate, at least five people are in a critical condition and four people are believed deceased.”

Rescue teams are on the scene, and the number of injured people are subject to change as rescue efforts continue. Many learners are believed to still be trapped in the rubble following the structure’s collapse.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is currently on his way to the school.

Parents have been advised not to contact the school, so as to keep the phone lines open, reports Vaal Weekblad.

Children that have been affected by the incident will be contacted by the school directly.

Motorists have also been warned not to travel near the school, so as to keep roads open for ambulances.

Updates to be made available as more information comes to light.

Compiled by Nica Schreuder / The Citizen