Survivors blame driver for bus crash

2012-06-26 07:32

Survivors of the Putco bus accident near Meyerton, in which 19 people died, have blamed the driver.

Elizabeth Xaba (45), who is being treated in Sebokeng Hospital after yesterday’s accident, told Beeld newspaper that the driver had not slowed down when he took the turn-off to the bridge.

“He was driving way too fast, and he lost control. I only realised later that we had landed in the stormwater ditch. I could hear many people’s voices... some of them were screaming in pain.”

Passenger Ishmael Thomas (35), who sustained at least eight broken ribs and a damaged lung, said he felt as if he was dying.

“The driver was speeding. Since the accident I feel like I can’t breathe,” he said.

Martha Nhlapo (36), who was waiting for medical treatment in the Sebokeng Hospital casualty department, said she remembered the driver hurtling along just before the crash.

“There was nothing in front of him that he might have had to avoid crashing into. No taxi or dog... he just drove too fast.”

Fifty-five people were injured in the crash – three of them critically.

The bus driver was among those killed.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.