12 killed: Fatal bus trip from casino

2012-08-03 00:00

TWELVE people returning from a casino were killed when a truck destroyed a minibus in a head-on collision in the early hours of yesterday.

The minibus and another, from Takalani Luxury Tours, were on the way to Klerksdorp from the Emerald City casino when the accident happened at Vereeniging at about 3 am.

The lead bus crossed the intersection and continued, the occupants unaware of what had happened to the other vehicle.

Yesterday morning wreckage lay strewn over a wide area, the door of the tour bus reading “We go where you go”.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said 10 minibus passengers died at the scene and another two on the way to hospital. One occupant of the bus and the truck driver were the only survivors. The SABC reported that the driver fled the scene.

Three of the deceased were trapped in the minibus and one underneath. Six bodies were found over a wide area.

President Jacob Zuma expressed condolences and said transporters must be extra vigilant on the roads.

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