Bus survivors: Screams, then darkness

2012-06-26 09:43
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Meyerton bus crash

A bus crash in Meyerton, Gauteng, has left 19 people dead and 55 injured. Paramedics worked to free 85 people trapped inside the Putco vehicle. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - Survivors of the Meyerton bus tragedy described hearing a loud crash, people screaming and then just darkness.

Nineteen people, including the bus driver, were killed in the disaster and 55 were injured. The bus was on its way from Sebokeng to Meyerton on the R59 north on Monday morning when it crashed through a barrier on a bridge and plummeted several metres into a ditch below.

 “I was so scared I went cold,” said Martha Mshwamo, who was on her way to work, told The Star.

“Everything just went black,” said John Maine, who was standing near the front of the Putco bus.

 “Then I just saw people lying around, people dead, it was terrifying,” said Maine.

The driver had apparently taken a different route on Monday morning due to protests on the designated route. He had tried taking a left turn but was allegedly going too fast and lost control of the vehicle.

Putco spokesperson Raphiri Matsaneng said the company will do an independent investigation to establish the cause of the accident.

Transport Minister Ben Martins has also instructed his officials to investigate the cause of the crash, The Star reported.

The driver had started working for Putco in September last year and worked as a truck driver for 16 years before that.
- News24
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Travel
 

LOL treadmill fail!

Watch this hilarious clip! We think this man should rather be running outside this summer!

 
 

I love summer.24

Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos
7 drinks you need to make this party season

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is time to explore. Some of you will literally go on holiday while others may need to find other outlets to quench your thirst...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.