Ssnathing: Six hurt as bus crashes

2013-04-06 00:00

TERRIFIED bus passengers miraculously survived with just minor injuries after the bus they were travelling in suffered suspected brake failure, sped down the street and crashed, landing on its side.

Yesterday, they paid tribute to the bus driver, whose name they did not know, saying he had helped save their lives.

Only six of the 59 passengers suffered more serious injuries, Netcare 911 reported.

The passengers from the Snathing area were on their way to work yesterday morning when the brakes on the bus allegedly failed. It sped down the road and crashed into a fence and trees before landing on its side.

The accident could have been much worse as the side road the bus was travelling on, ends in a T-junction with the main Snathing road. Opposite are homes and a convenience store.

Skid marks show that the bus veered off the road and hit the fence of a house, taking out the entire fence and two gates before landing on its side.

Bhekokwakhe Nxumalo, one of the passengers, said it was due to the driver’s efforts that no one was killed.

“He did his very best to prevent the bus from crashing.”

Nxumalo said he did not usually catch that bus, but had boarded it yesterday because he wanted to go through to town with his wife. “My mind just went blank; this was all happening in front of me. I just watched as the bus sped down [the road].

“The next moment it struck a wall and went on to hit the fence … next it was crashing into the trees and then it was on its side,” Nxumalo added.

He said he was elated to have survived.

“I suffered injuries to my back and my head also hurts,” he said.

Sthembile Mchunu said that if the driver had not tried to control the bus, it could have been worse.

Mchunu lives in the house whose fence was damaged in the crash.

Her mother, Masikhakhane, said they were woken up by a loud bang.

Pointing to the fence, she said: “As you can see, it took out my whole fence, but I am happy that no one died.

“The buses come down this road speeding … this is a treacherous stretch. At least two people have died because of accidents on this road in the past.”

Weekend Witness was unable to establish the name of the driver or to speak to him.


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