PTA crash death toll rises to 3

A 14-year-old boy died along with taxi driver Ofentse Chula died in the collision on the R101.

The scene of an accident on the R101 near Pyramid in Pretoria. A minibus taxi transporting school children overturned.Twitter @heinjvv.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll from Tuesday morning's accident on the R101 in Pretoria has risen to three.

This after a pupil succumbed to injuries in hospital.

A driver and two schoolchildren were killed when the taxi they were travelling in overturned in the Pyramid area.

Seventeen pupils were treated for injuries sustained during the crash.

Friends and colleagues of the taxi driver say they are still in shock.

A 14-year-old boy died along with taxi driver Ofentse Chula on the scene of this morning's accident.

Chula's girlfriend, who is a Tshwane Metro Police Department trainee, said she was devastated to discover that he was involved the crash.

"I am in pain. Losing someone close to you is painful."

Chula was reportedly well known and trusted by parents in Hammanskraal to transport their children to schools in Pretoria.

It is reported that he attempted to overtake other cars on the busy road when he crashed into a pillar and his vehicle overturned.

Officials however say investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, the father of the teenage boy killed in the taxi crash described his shock and devastation at having to identify his son.

The 14-year-old victim's father, Alfred Nkuna, said identifying his son's body was traumatic

"I got a call from the police to come and identify the body and when we arrived we found that it was Tshepiso. As a father, I am sad and weak."

Alfred says his son had big dreams.