Community retaliates after bus destroys houses

2015-06-08 17:00
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Durban - Twelve people were seriously injured when the bus they were travelling in careered from a district road in Hambanathi, Tongaat, and ploughed through two shacks on Monday.

The local community, apparently enraged by the destruction of the shacks, then allegedly set fire to the bus.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson, Paul Herbst, said that on arrival, medics found the injured had either been carried or had clambered from the wreckage of the bus.

“We were informed that the driver had lost control of the bus and then it left the road and laid waste to two shacks before coming to rest against a structure. The injured were found lying nearby,” he said.

“The community was very hostile, apparently because two homes had been destroyed. Their rage led them to set fire to the bus. We had to withdraw from the scene because it was not safe for us to be there any longer,” he added.

Herbst said the injured were hastily treated and stabilised at the scene and then transported by ambulance to a government hospital nearby.

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