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Bus accident on R61 kills 16

2012-07-21 13:29

Johannesburg - Sixteen people were killed in a collision between two buses on the R61 between Cradock and Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Arrive Alive said.

Arrive Alive spokesperson Tshepo Machaea said that one of the buses was carrying schoolchildren to an event in Graaf-Reinet when it collided with a bus carrying passengers from Cape Town to Mthatha.

He said it was unclear whether the accident was a head-on collision or a side-swipe.

Four people were seriously injured and another 27 suffered slight injuries. All were taken to Cradock hospital for further treatment.

Machaea said the 16 were killed instantly and many of the injured were trapped in their buses until they could be cut free by rescue workers.

It is unknown who the buses belonged to.

The Eastern Cape traffic call centre is unable or unwilling to verify this report.



Comments
  • zolani.tiko.7 - 2012-07-21 13:50

    plz traffic must look at 2 buses that are in the road plz nd my condolece to the family

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-21 13:54

    This is tragic! Dont want to jump the gun but roads are very wet and this doesnt seem to deter speeding and reckless driving! What a miserable weekend to families concerned! My condolences!

  • tsotsibaby - 2012-07-21 13:54

    R.I.P #Power to the people

  • Erna - 2012-07-21 14:04

    Its time they investigate the drivers of all buses and test them regularly. The way they drive even the local town buses in Pretoria leaves a lot to be desired. And this goes for ALL of them, even Gautrain buses. They change lanes without checking if there is anyone next to them, they pull out of bus stops without checking traffic, the stop anywhere to offload passengers even if there is a stop a couple of meters further on, they don't pull into designated bus stops but stop in the middle of the road! Need I go on? The other morning two buses were 'racing' next to each other all the way down Gen Louis Botha, affecting all the traffic behind them. Check up on the drivers I say!

  • andrew.fischer.5891 - 2012-07-21 14:13

    Terribly sad news. I understand that a taxi was passing the Cradock school bus conveying their netball team when the accident occurred. The Headmaster, two school children and 13 passengers in the taxi lost their lives. Very sad. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of all the deceased.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-21 14:29

    Eish that's sad news indeed.I feel tears coming down my face,my condolences.\r\nGoverment is pushing and encouraging the use of public transport while public transports kill more people in our country than guns and AIDS do.\r\nWhen accident occurs everyone quickly jump to judge the driver and look at the roadworthiness of the vehicle forgetting our delapitated roads full of potholes everywhere.\r\nLets go toyi-toyi for these roads to be fixed instead of toyi-toying against The Spear of Brett.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-21 14:29

    Eish that's sad news indeed.I feel tears coming down my face,my condolences.\r\nGoverment is pushing and encouraging the use of public transport while public transports kill more people in our country than guns and AIDS do.\r\nWhen accident occurs everyone quickly jump to judge the driver and look at the roadworthiness of the vehicle forgetting our delapitated roads full of potholes everywhere.\r\nLets go toyi-toyi for these roads to be fixed instead of toyi-toying against The Spear of Brett.

  • Erna - 2012-07-21 14:48

    Where do the peopl in previous comments get it from that there was a taxi involved? Article clearly says two buses.

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