New Beginnings: I survived the Kloofnek school bus accident

I woke up to my son's voice and he was pulling my clothes saying ‘Mommy please get up’

Yulanda Gombard, survivor of the Kloofnek school bus accident

Tomorrow the 25th of August will mark the 10th anniversary of the Kloofnek school bus accident.

On 25 August 2005 Dennegeur Avenue Primary School in Strandfontein arranged a trip to Table Mountain. On their way back, the bus’s driver lost control of the vehicle after its brakes reportedly failed. Four people were killed and more than 40 were injured.

I was seating behind the driver and had the full view of what was happening. I noticed the driver was struggling with controlling the bus. He picked up the CB radio and he called frantically ‘no brakes, I have no brakes’ and that’s when I knew something was wrong

Yulanda Gombard, survivor of the Kloofnek school bus accident

There were 50 pupils and 8 volunteer parents on board the bus that day, and one of those parents was Yulanda Gombard, who was helping to supervise her son's grade 7 class.

Yolanda suffered spinal cord injuries and is confined to a wheelchair.

Speaking to CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson, Gombard recalled and shared what happened.

The vehicle toppled over and I felt myself falling out of my seat and trying to clutch onto something. Then it skidded for few more meters and it veered into a boundary wall of a property before it came to a sudden halt. And when it came to a sudden stop, both the driver and I were propelled forward and were flung out through the windscreen

Yulanda Gombard, survivor of the Kloofnek school bus accident

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

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