At least 20 schoolchildren have been killed in a tragic car crash with a large lorry this afternoon.

Emergency services confirmed the children were killed when the school minibus they were travelling in crashed into a lorry and exploded into a ball of fire. The incident took place in Mpumalanga province, north of the capital Pretoria, in South Africa.

Russel Meiring, ER24 spokesman said: “The number now is at least 17 fatalities.” About 20 children were in the minibus when it collided with the lorry, he said.