Rosendal bus crash: passenger might lose hand

2012-04-10 11:31

A passenger of the bus which overturned outside Rosendal in the Eastern Free State this morning might lose her right hand.

This is according to Jabu Mbalula, spokesperson for the Free State department of health.

He said two women with serious injuries were admitted to the Dihlabeng Regional Hospital in Bethlehem. “One of the women sustained severe injuries to the right arm and an amputation of the hand might be necessary,” he said.

Mbalula said the other woman was being operated on for an ankle injury.

The women were passengers of a privately owned bus which overturned about 2km outside Rosendal this morning after a tire had burst, according to the driver’s statement.

“The bus, carrying 72 adults and 4 children, was travelling on the R70 to Johannesburg,” said police spokesperson Sergeant Majang Skalkie.

Skalkie said the bus driver did not sustain any serious injuries and a case of reckless and negligent driving had been opened.

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