Britons killed in student crash tragedy in S Africa: Police

An overland truck carrying a party of British students crashed in S Africa.

Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 09:02 AM IST

Johannesburg: An overland truck carrying a party of British students crashed in South Africa on Thursday on the eve of the World Cup, killing two people and injuring 20 others, police and embassy officials said.

A spokesman said the driver had lost control of the vehicle near the town of Barberton on its way from Swaziland to Nelspruit in the northeast of the country and it then flipped over.

"The truck was carrying eighteen British students, two British teachers, a Zimbabwean driver and a South African tour guide when this unfortunate accident occurred," Captain Leonard Hlathi said in a statement.

The British High Commissioner to South Africa Nicola Brewer confirmed the two deaths but did not give any details on the identity of the victims.

"It is with great sadness that I can confirm that two British nationals have been killed today in a coach crash in Baberton, near Nelspruit. They were part of a group of 18 students and two of their lecturers on a field trip," she said in a statement.

"The latest information I have is that a small number have been injured. They are being treated in the Nelspruit area. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those involved."