Boy hit by bakkie outside school

A young boy suffered severe lacerations when he was knocked over by a bakkie outside Excelsior Primary School in Mount Croix yesterday.

His distraught mother, Zameka Nomabhunga, described her shock when she received a call informing her of the accident.

Nomabhunga’s son, Aqhama, 6, was hit by a bakkie on the corner of Kent Road and Brister Place, outside Excelsior Primary School shortly after school had ended.

He was playing outside the school when he fell in the road and was hit by the bakkie.

Speaking from Livingstone Hospital, Nomabhunga said Aqhama, was slightly dazed when she arrived at the hospital.

He needed to undergo a scan to ensure he had no head injuries. He was in a stable condition.

Paramedics said Aqhama had been treated for lacerations.

A witness, who lives directly opposite the school but asked not to be named, said the bakkie had not been travelling fast as it approached the school.

“I cannot say if the child saw the bakkie approaching. All I saw was the child falling into the street before the back wheels of the bakkie went over him.”

“The biggest problem is that they [the pupils] run wildly when they leave school in the afternoon. There is no control, there have been numerous near misses in the past.”

He said there were no street signs warning motorists about the influx of pupils during the school’s home time.

Excelsior principal Dan Carstens said he would apply to authorities to put a four-way stop at the Kent Road/Brister Place intersection.

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