76 hurt in Free State bus crash

2012-04-10 07:42

Seventy-six passengers were injured – ten of them seriously – in a bus accident outside Rosendal in the Eastern Free State early this morning.

The police’s Sergeant Majang Skalkie said a privately owned bus overturned 2km outside Rosendal after a tire burst, according to the driver’s statement.

“The bus, carrying 72 adults and 4 children, was travelling on the R70 to Johannesburg,” she said.

The bus rolled several times down an embankment, eventually coming to rest on its side, said Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

Paramedics arrived and found two occupants trapped in the wreckage. They were freed by rescue technicians using hydraulic rescue equipment.

“The other injured passengers had clambered from the upended bus and were found near it,” said Wicks.

Wicks said the condition of ten passengers was serious.

Skalkie said the bus driver did not sustain any serious injuries and a case of reckless and negligent driving had been opened.

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