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5 die in SA Roadlink bus crash

2012-05-16 12:12

Bloemfontein - Five people were killed when an SA Roadlink bus overturned on the N1 while travelling towards Bloemfontein early on Wednesday morning, the Free State transport department said.

"I can confirm the bus veered off the road around 04:45. It was on the N1, 30km from Gariep towards Bloemfontein. Five people were killed," spokesperson Zolile Walaza said.

Two people were trapped in the wreckage and had since been freed and taken to a hospital in Bloemfontein.

It appeared the driver lost control of the bus, which was carrying 28 passengers, said Walaza. The accident would be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

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Comments
  • Michael Werner Joubert - 2012-05-16 12:17

    How many more people must die before they act? I strongly believes that SA Roadlink should be closed down for good.

      Janice - 2012-05-16 12:57

      They never did have a good reputation!

      Smoke.ZN - 2012-05-16 13:12

      @Andrew.... what the hell do you mean with that comment ????

      Smilification - 2012-05-16 13:33

      @Andrew and aluwani.jonny... LETS leave race out of it! Each person is a individual! We shouldn't adopt a mentality the ANC and friends have adopted... In any case ROADLINK is just as bad as minibus taxi's! The South African goverment must start overhual the whole transport sector!

      thozi - 2012-05-16 14:43

      Roadlink again? This is simply getting too much...

  • calliedj - 2012-05-16 12:17

    Can't believe Roadlink is still allowed to operate. How many more incidents will it take??

  • Koketso - 2012-05-16 12:22

    South Africans, no amount of money saved is worth you life. Sure, using other carriers can't guarantee that safe trip, but this is happening too often at Roadlink to not notice.

  • Christelle - 2012-05-16 12:26

    Really hope this not the beginning of a trend they had a few years back...

  • Bokang - 2012-05-16 12:34

    This is insane! This is the only bus service that never disappoints every 6 months or so by not having an accident where innocent people lose their lives. Its ludicrous, shut them down!!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-16 12:35

    SA Roadlink mara hee jus when I thought thy'v improve bt stl no . People use othr buses nd thy are safer

  • Flynn - 2012-05-16 12:41

    The Roadlink saga goes on. When will the minister of transport take action on banning Roadlink from our roads, people's lives is at risk. Beside the Roadlink busses are not roadworthy, fatigue falls into place as well as they make their drivers to work double shifts

  • Paul Maema - 2012-05-16 12:48

    2nd moving coffin after taxis(SA ROAD LINK)

  • mpholo.leboea - 2012-05-16 12:50

    SA Roadlink. Travel with it at your own ignorance.

  • lmtambo - 2012-05-16 12:52

    How many workers have they exploited, innocent people killed, disabled? And how many more should be added to the list before government shuts the company down indefinitely. Unroadworthy vehicles are placed there by humans.

  • Mark - 2012-05-16 12:52

    i bet there was only one driver on the bus

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-16 12:58

    Eish RoadLink - seriously now, just shutdown, I know you cronies with the ANC but come on now...

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2012-05-16 13:03

    agree 100% but if the owner is Anc connected then the chances are slim for roadlink to close down,poor families

  • Greg - 2012-05-16 13:04

    @Andrew. looks like Indians are a threat to you my friend.

  • kobette.marais - 2012-05-16 13:10

    I dropped my son yesterday in Midrand at the bus stop. He was taking a Translux bus to the Eastern Cape. His foot was hardly off the tar road into the bus when this bus pulled off like a bat out of hell. They were driving so fast I could not catch them on the highway driving at 160 km/h.

  • Renee - 2012-05-16 13:17

    Roadlink again. Who are they paying off behind the scenes to still be on the road???

  • Katoolsie - 2012-05-16 13:19

    How many roadlink buses have crashed in the last few years? Its ridiculous! Shut them down!

  • Luvo - 2012-05-16 13:27

    A few years back owners of Roadlink fiercely claimed that there was a political and media conspiracy against them. Their buses have consistently failed roadworthy tests conducted on them. Wonder whom they're blaming now

  • wesselo1 - 2012-05-16 13:39

    SA Roadkill strikes again.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-16 13:39

    I am one of the unfortunate ones that tried this bus once. Sjoe! A 16 hour trip turned into a 24 hour trip. They had tv's on the bus,but no movies,can you believe that rubbish? They asked the passengers for movies. Ontop of that,they got a tyre burst and had no equipment to change the thing. Worst trip ever.

  • Bomb - 2012-05-16 13:46

    Roadlink is preying off the poor. They are the cheapest, thus the majority of the people will use it. Obviously to be cheap, your business and cost model must allow for this, so where do you cut costs first? It is very obvious that RLink is sacrificing safety and safe operating procedures to stay cheap. 1. Not enough drivers. 2. Driver training. 3. Roadworthy Inspections. 4. Repair costs.(Vehicle, A/C's,TV's etc, - they hardly ever work) 5. Cleaning costs - these vehicles are always filthy inside. Their mission is obviously to get the passenger from point A to B, as quickly as possible, as cheap as possible. Safety is not important. Roadlink should be banned immediately from further operations (sorry for the employees) pending a full investigation by the AA and Transport Ministry. If their finding and recommendations are not met and rectified, their license to operate should be cancelled.

      Bruce - 2012-05-16 14:59

      As many of the passengers go for the cheepest rates, the Minister of transport should introduce a system that ALL the bus companies have standard rates. And "yes" one must have the oppertunity of what you are willing to pay. Just as in aircraft, you travel in the same plane whether you have paid Economy Class ofr Business Class. The same system should be introduced with the road transport system. One can select if you plan to pay for Cattle Class / Economy Class / Business Class and so on ( obviously then the service on the bus would differ between the 3 classes ). However you will NOT simply having to poorest people travelling aboard the cheepest busses. Those that are financially well off are not going to sht their mouths if there is poor service / driving and handeling of the bus / busses getting to their destination 12+ hours late. They shall simply sue the bus company for business time lost. As in most things, it all boild down to finance / money. Those that can only afford SA Roadlink do not have the funds to take the company to court because that missed a meeting of family / business function. This at the end of the day will get all the bus companies to take more care of the mechanical side of their coffins.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-05-16 13:53

    this is outragious, its because sa roadlink is politically connected that it's still running, absolute shocker!!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-16 13:59

    Bheki Cele while still an MEC in KZN threatened to ban Roadlink from KZN roads, and if I'm not mistaken Robin Carlisle in the Western Cape has threatened the same in the recent past. It's obvious that this company has been problematic for a very long time, but NOTHING has been done about it. Meanwhile they are continuing to kill people. If they were an airline or even a factory they would've been shut down a very long time ago.

  • 2zbunu - 2012-05-16 14:03

    This Roadli(fe)nk is a disaster they bladdy expensive for nothing they do not service their old buses keep on changing the colours by painting that is not servicing a bus. Sum 1 must do sumthing about them.

  • spnkosi - 2012-05-16 14:12

    What's up with Roadlink they're always involved in accidents?

  • moledi.mo - 2012-05-16 14:15

    Being a former employee of this company, it's so sad that there's no hope for change. This's mainly because of the constant change in the management structure (new manager every 3 months) who gets trained to continue providing the same bad service. Allan Reddy (the Sole owner) should admit that he's a failure, and should consider partnering with a company which can help shape things up before he goes in a deeper debt that he's already in.

  • William - 2012-05-16 14:22

    Rumour's abound that these guys have top government shareholders hence the fact that they are still operating. In any normal society, even in another African country these guys would no longer be operating, let alone still be on the road!!!

  • Ryno - 2012-05-16 14:29

    wanneer gaan die maatskappy se deure sluit? hoeveel mense moet nou nog sterf voordat die regereing iets probeer doen?

  • nawtylashes - 2012-05-16 16:25

    does anybody have any details of the hospital or Morg? my friends god childs father was on that bus and they say he isnt in the hospital :( any help will be appreciated.

      nixstix - 2012-05-16 20:08

      Praying for your friend's godchild and family. I sincerely hope and pray it's a communication error.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-16 17:17

    Who uses them? Seriously, have people not got the message yet?

  • comurray - 2012-05-16 20:09

    No, the driver went to sleep because he is expected to drive for a week without any form of time off to sleep and relax.

  • nixstix - 2012-05-16 20:14

    This is very sad. Firstly, because it's a cheaper/ more affordable bus service and it could have been my mom (who is a pensioner and has used SA Roadlink before) on that bus. Secondly, I feel sorry for the driver and his family; that route is long, especially if he was the only driver on the bus, and now he has this on his conscience (I'm assuming he's alive). Thirdly, I'm so so sorry for the families of the people who lost their lives on this trip. There are no words. Just today I was driving home on the N1 and was shocked to see a bus (unmarked Hyundai bus) passing me by in the lane on my left. I was driving a steady 120 km/h in the fast lane. He then even went into the right-hand lane and weaved in between cars to avoid slowing down. Incredible.

  • nandipham - 2012-05-16 20:31

    I can not believe that their are still people who use SA road link services. How many more accidents must take place before people can realise that it is a coffin on wheels?

  • Jackie - 2012-05-16 21:43

    U guys at it again allan dis so called sai worshiper r u only interested in makin money and not woried bout peoples lives u disgusting pathetic no words to describe .there must have been only one driver on dat bus and believe me guys dat these drivers r exploited if they refuse to turn or drive and state dat ty tired ty wnt be booked for work a week a punishment or ty route will b changed dats how sa deathlink operates cos allan only interested bout da money comin in n nt about ppls lives thank god I left sa deathlink before it was to late I may not have lived to c today.my heart gors out to the one dat lost loved ones thro sar over the years

  • Kholosa - 2012-05-18 00:17

    My friend was in the bus she got injured as well! What if she died, government must do something about Roadlink!

  • orabie1 - 2012-05-19 06:52

    Firstly I would like say to the families who lost there love ones I'm sorry for the lost,it isn't nice to lose ppl so my deepest sympathy. To SA Roadlink I think you guys are a very good company,and doing so well,all I want to say is ppl need to accept that accidents happen not because the driver asked for it to happen. The meaning of accident is an unplanned event causing damage or injury. So ppl must stop blaming SA Roadlink. It was an accident so ja pls ppl I'm not taking there side or so but it really was an accident.

  • funcyfairy.love - 2012-05-22 17:37

    Sa roadlink is a corupt copany they don't pay their workers please look into this matter they use young girls and don't pay them that's why they should shut down realy bad service and does not care at all

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