Out-of-control bus smashes more than 20 cars

2011-04-04 00:00

SEVERAL motorists miraculously emerged alive from the debris of a dramatic accident involving an SA Roadlink bus and five cars at the Victoria Road/Boshoff Street intersection on Saturday afternoon.

Damage estimated at more than R2 million was caused to Metro Car Sales when the bus and one of the vehicles it struck, ploughed into the shop showroom, colliding with 16 more stationary vehicles, extensively damaging the car dealership’s roof.

The survivors included a woman, identified only as a Mrs Ngcobo, who was trapped in the wreckage of a silver Toyota for over an hour as emergency teams battled to free her from her car that was pinned between the bus and a steel beam dislodged by the bus as it careened into the Metro Car Sales showroom.

“It is a miracle if anyone gets out of that car alive,” was the sentiment echoed by the hundreds of bystanders who gathered at the scene behind police . Twisted metal gleamed as the paramedics from ER 24 and Netcare 911, assisted by the fire department and police, struggled to get the critically injured woman out.

Yesterday The Witness was told she was admitted to St Anne’s hospital with a fractured leg and pelvis for which she required surgery. Her injuries were reportedly the most serious of any of the victims.

Only one bus passenger required hospitalisation and was taken to Northdale, while two other patients were reported to have been transported to Medi-Clinic.

A number of other victims — including the bus driver — suffered minor injuries and shock.

SIDEBAR:

Capt Dolf Otto of the SAPF Accident Unit confirmed yesterday that police are investigating a possible case of reckless and negligent driving agains the bus driver.

Colin Govender of the Road Traffic Inspectorate said a team of experts had been assigned to work with Otto to reconstruct the entire accident scene, and carry out a complete inspection of the bus for any mechanical failure. A report will be submitted to KZN transport head, Chris Hlabisa as well as the KZN and National MECs for Transport.

Govender added that the bus driver was allegedly unable to produce his operating permit at the crash scene and would be charged for that offence.

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