Bus wreckage cut to get trapped passengers

2013-03-15 15:15
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De Doorns bus crash

At least 22 people have died when a bus veered off the Hex River Pass near De Doorns, Western Cape. See the latest pictures.

Cape Town - Fire and rescue services have started cutting at the wreckage of a double-decker bus to retrieve passengers who were flung out as it overturned on the Hex River Pass on Friday.

Twenty-two fatalities including the driver were reported.

ER24 spokesperson, Vanessa Jackson, confirmed that eight people were critically injured and 36 had minor to moderate injuries.

Jackson added that three passengers trapped under the bus had died.

“The double-decker bus was heading towards Cape Town when it passed between two cliff faces and overturned into a ditch with the top part crashing against the mountain,” she told News24.

Patients have been dispatched to Worcester and Paarl hospitals for care.

Jackson said patients sustained multiple injuries including broken bones and chest injuries.

The Air Force and two Skymed Helicopters were also at the scene to assist with patient transport.

Western Cape Traffic chief, Kenny Africa, attributed the crash to a brake failure.
 
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