2 Britons killed, 20 injured in accident

2010-06-10 16:35

Two British women were killed and 20 people injured when their

overland bus overturned.

The tour truck was travelling from Swaziland to Nelspruit on the

R40 when the driver lost control and the vehicle veered off the road at midday,

said Mpumalanga police’s Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The accident happened between Josephsdal border post and

Barberton.

The deceased were reportedly both 19-year-olds but Hlathi declined

to confirm this, saying police could not reveal such information at this point

in time.

The bus was carrying 18 British students, two British teachers, a

Zimbabwean driver and a South African tour guide.

Four passengers were critically injured, and one, a male passenger,

was airlifted to a Nelspruit hospital.

The other injured were taken to MediClinics in Nelspruit and

Barberton and a provincial hospital in Barberton by ambulance.

Hlathi said they were in a stable condition, adding that the

British nationals were due to return home tomorrow and were not believed to be

in the country for the World Cup. They arrived in South Africa on June 1.

Police had opened a culpable homicide docket, said

Lieutenant-Colonel Leon Engelbrecht of the Mpumalanga police.

 

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