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Huge bus crash in Pretoria

2012-04-21 07:39

Pretoria - One person has been killed and 40 injured following a bus crash on the N1 outside Pretoria, paramedics said on Saturday.

"The body of a person was found underneath the bus and was declared dead on the scene," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

The accident took place near the Pumulani toll plaza at around 05:40, said Wicks.

"Doctors, paramedics and fire-fighters on the scene are working closely together to free a 13-year-old boy trapped in the wreckage."

A helicopter was on standby to transport the boy to hospital for treatment once he freed from the wreckage.

The bus appeared to have rolled and came to rest on the side of the road. The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Police were investigating.

Comments
  • Andre - 2012-04-21 08:12

    Well, at the speed these buses travel, it is no wonder this could have happened if it burst a tyre or something similar. The drivers do not adhere to the speed limits imposed on them!

  • Stiaan - 2012-04-21 08:18

    Buses in our land is in a very bad condition, not to say i spotted a city bus driver on his cell phone yesterday, while driving a full load of people. Cause of the accident should not be a riddle. Good luck to all the families though.

  • jacques.klokow - 2012-04-21 08:32

    I Would like to thank Advanced Paramedic Assist, ER24, Fire Department, Government Ambulance Services, Tshwane Metro Police and SAPS for a great team effort on this call. Do not believe a story from only a one sided report.

  • odupreez - 2012-04-21 08:35

    Sympathy with the injured and family of deceased, but this is the type of cheaper "altenative" transport that the minister of transport in refering to, that we need to use instead of toll-roads.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-21 08:36

    Condolences to the families

  • Romeo - 2012-04-21 08:36

    I don't mean to be nagetive, but i bet the deceased tried to safe him/herself by jumping out by the window.

      Clint - 2012-04-21 09:01

      If it was a bet taking place and if it were the odds that count, i would most probably hav 2 agree wit your statement.. But God works in misterious ways.. It was the deceased time to pass into yonder realms. R.i.P.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-21 08:39

    Condolences to the families

  • merushan - 2012-04-21 09:05

    Condolences to the families, thers bus and taxi drivérs tHínk tHey are F1 drivers

      Barefoot - 2012-04-21 10:37

      and some car drivers too

  • Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-21 09:23

    what's wrong with news 24 they chose to delete 2 comment i posted.

  • Ruan - 2012-04-21 09:35

    ....sa road link again...

      Inja - 2012-04-21 15:11

      How do yo know?

  • Abdul - 2012-04-21 09:54

    This is becoming a daily occurrence....unfortunately!!!When will our drivers begin to realise that it is not just their lives at stake, but that of other road users (innocent kids and sometimes breadwinners)....problem is too little or no driver education and just damn toooo easy to 'buy' your licence....Drivers need to be trained. A good place to start is the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Rashida - 2012-04-21 10:22

    traveled from p.e to jhb with sa roadlink and it was a nightmare.bus broke down twice and had an 26 hour trip.very dangerous

  • Scallo - 2012-04-21 10:43

    God give the family streght for lossing they child,were is the person who said we need to remove taxi an put bus on our roads,sometimes we comment as if we don't hav brains people anyone driving can make accident we see trains doing headon bikes sedan an everythng that is moving can be in an accident pointing fingers will never solve anything but show us our stupidity wen we comment

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-21 10:58

    First it is in Pretoria, then it is outside Pretoria??? Huge bus? Driver's license required?

  • Rob - 2012-04-21 11:06

    I don't seeany evidence here for an accident.....such things are unexpected and unavoidable. Although there may be a small possibility that this incident can be considered as such. What is much more probable is that there was either a failure of materials and/or a failure of a human. Sure, the evidence isn't in so it is not possible to determine the probable cause. BUT EQUALLY, THE EVIDENCE ISN'T IN TO CALL IT AN ACCIDENT. Let's stop contributing to the incredible aversion to accountability in SA.....call a spsde a spade!

      Rob - 2012-04-21 12:30

      Of course, the alternative is to blame fate, the gods, the ancestors, or whatever. Thankyou to thumbs downer, maybe one day you will see that you are a part of the problem.

      Abdul - 2012-04-21 13:10

      An accident is NOT unexpected....and definitely NOT unavoidable!!!!An accident is caused by negligence either by the driver or owner of the vehicle. We have done extensive research into the causes of accidents in SA....and i can assure you that this needless carnage can definitely be STOPPED....Driver fatigue,negligent driving, unroadworthy vehicles, bad brakes, bad tyres, not wearing a seat belt etc etc, are all managed by a HUMAN who has control of what he does....so PLEASE don't tell me that accidents are unavoidable.call a spade a spade...our driving sucks and we are too damn complacent!!!!go take a look at wwwfatalmovesdotcom....and THEN you'll why i say humans (you and I) can stop this!!!!!!

      Rob - 2012-04-21 13:34

      Abdul: You are missing my point completely, and I am entirely with you regarding the causes of incidents such as this. What I am saying is the use of the word accisdent is inappropriate because it permits the guilty parties to avoid accountability...after all it was an accident they will say...and they will then say that accidents happen etc. So I say focus on the cause and nurture the idea of effective preventative measures....and move away from suggesting that the causes were accidental!

  • Carlien - 2012-04-21 12:51

    Please tell us if it was a schoolbus or a sa roadlink

      Ruan - 2012-04-22 00:40

      ....if it wasn't a sa road-link....well i'll be....shocked- that coach-/ b us company has got a shocking reputation in Sa...to say the least....and they are trying to do some serious "damage control...". Cowboys....these rogue coach-/bus operators....

  • frank.mncube - 2012-04-21 20:43

    Which bus frm wher to wher

      Victor - 2012-04-21 20:57

      Bus is from Limpopo from Phadziri and sons bus services.

  • Victor - 2012-04-21 21:00

    The Bus is from Limpopo operated by Phadziri and sons bus services. Most of their buses are usually in good conditions, this might have been a case of fatique on the driver.

  • Ruan - 2012-04-21 21:48

    ...if it was driver-fatigue the Company must take responsibility- ALL COACHES SHOULD BE FITTED WITH DIGITAL- TACHOGRAPH VEHICLE UNITS AND EACH DRIVER WITH A DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH CARD WHICH IS VALID FOR 5 YEARS. If there is real political-will in Sa some progress would have been made to make the roads safer overthere. I find it unacceptable that a country where so many Public Service Vehicles are in operation are clearly lacking the courage-/ determination to REALLY do something about it...btw...is there a minister of transport in Sa ?

  • Ruan - 2012-04-21 22:51

    ....coach-/ bus drivers are under-paid in Sa....that's why they do not care about their passengers well-being. And by having a so-called Pdp by means of an endorsement on a plastic card licence really means nothing !! A simple police-check is all that is required- and a medical...every 2 years the last time i checked. Driving-/ operating a large PSV (public service vehicle) requires A LOT OF SKILL...but the authorities seem to take a very relaxed stance on public transport in general. Driving for work is a profession and should be recognised as such- a prof. body should be established specially aimed at coach-/ bus=/ taxi drivers. AND PAY THESE GUYS A DECENT WAGE...i can't stress that enough...!!

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