Bus slams into three cars outside PMB mall

2015-02-17 00:00

A BUS crashed into three parked cars next to Scottsville Mall yesterday ­afternoon causing mayhem on Alan ­Paton Avenue.

The Intercape bus filled with ­passengers was travelling from Durban to Pretoria when the accident occurred.

The bus driver and three other ­passengers sustained minor injuries in the accident and were taken by ER24 to Mediclinic for further treatment.

The bus came to a halt in the slow lane with the three crumpled cars pressed up against the body.

The bus’s stewardess, who would not be named, said she was in the cockpit with the driver and his co-driver when the accident occurred.

She said the co-driver had told the driver he was too close to the centre line and needed to move more onto the other side of the road when he then crashed into three cars parked next to the Scottsville Mall.

“I was just in shock. I was standing next to the driver and then all of a sudden he bumped into the other cars. I didn’t expect it,” she said.

A bakkie carrying a tank of oil was pushed over in the accident and left pools of oil on the road.

Occupants of the bus stood around helplessly snapping photographs and phoning family and friends to let them know about the delay.

Johannesburg resident Hafiza Ismail said she was on her way home from a wedding and enjoying the scenery when the bus suddenly crashed into the cars.

“I heard this huge bang and felt this big bump. I looked out my window and saw a bakkie leaking oil everywhere.

“… I’ve been travelling by bus since 2000 and this is the first time something like this has happened,” she said.

A source who could not be named said it seemed that the bus driver had simply not looked where he was driving.

The police media centre confirmed the ­accident but said no case had been opened.

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