Chameleon Worldwide Travel has flown a team to scene of a bus crash in South Africa which killed three British students and left others injured on the eve of the World Cup kick-off.

The Hampshire-based independent operator said a group of 18 students and two teachers from Brooksby Melton College in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire were travelling on a wildlife and conservation field trek at the time.

The two 19 year old girls and a 22 year old male student who died in the accident were named by their college this morning as Sami Lake, Eleanor Payne and Daniel Greenwood.

The accident occurred yesterday morning while the vehicle left the road while travelling between Swaziland and Nelspruit via Barberton.

The group had been due to fly home today after a trip which started on June 1.

An emergency number has been issued for relatives and anyone who believes that they may have family or friends involved at 01962 737 634.

A Chameleon statement said: “We regret to confirm that three of the passengers have died due to injuries sustained in the accident.

“All other passengers are being assessed by doctors and can confirm that some have been discharged. We can confirm that parents of the students are being informed of the situation.”

The vehicle was driving on the R40 also known as the Buhembo Road when the accident happened. Provincial and private medical personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.
“Chameleon Worldwide is doing everything possible to assist those involved and the South African authorities at this difficult time,” the company said.

“We would like to express concern for those students and teachers involved and their relatives. We can confirm that the vehicle had an up to date roadworthy certification.

“We have a team of people, including a senior director of the company flying to the scene in South Africa.”