5 dead, 87 hurt in Durban bus crash

2012-05-26 19:00

Durban - Five people were killed and 87 injured, 20 seriously, in a bus crash in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday afternoon, paramedics said.

The accident happened on Spinal Road near Kwadabeka outside Durban, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said.

"The bus was travelling down a windy road when the driver lost control and the bus rolled into a house," he said.

Rescuers were still at the scene.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-26 19:29

    Very sad.

      Bilal Manj - 2012-05-26 19:36

      may GOD rEst thEm in pEacE

  • Bob - 2012-05-26 19:41

    Sad news indeed…! News 24 you just copy and past other news portals news, inaccurate news I might add..! There is no Spinal road near Kwadabeka, Spinal Road is in Umlazi, 30 kilometers away. Maybe you should start being a true news portal and publishing something original for a change, instead of copy & paste from others…!

  • adriaan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-27 10:16

    Who was the bus driver? Was he component enough to drive a bus and was his appointment based on merit alone?

      Deepchund - 2012-05-27 10:41

      I would like to add to Adrian's questions, did the bus exceed its gross weight considering 92 were in the bus. Did the driver use gears to go down hill or was he just holding brakes. If the latter and considering Kwa Dabeka is hills and valleys,the brake drums would have eventually heated causing the brakes to fail. Drivers also "chase" time to fit in another load to make their pockets heavier. Did alcohol have any part in this accident? Was the vehicle vroadworthy?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-27 13:53

      Just nature doing its thing.. population control

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-27 10:38

    87 people in a bus?

      Vandross - 2012-05-27 11:37

      Maybe some of them were standing passengers or maybe it was a double deck.Who knows?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-27 12:10

      Ockhams Razor says it was unroadworthy, overcrowded and the driver was drunk.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-27 12:41

    Why do the authorities not recognise how much of an impact each accident like this has in our country. Who owns these buses? How competent are the drivers? BY the same token why do the public who are forced to use this not toyi toyi in front of blue light convoys and trash those cars to draw attention to the dire need we have for reliable public transport? How can we justify 1 person needing a chauffeur plus who knows how many blu light vehicles accompnaying them from pillar to post. The convoys plus drivers and fuel etc would fill a medium sized armoured vheicle and the rest of the money could be used to put our public transport service back into a condition where EVERYONE could utilise it to get from pillar to post in safety. My heart just bleeds for those whose loved ones have to put their lives in the hands of these so called public transport vehicles to get from A to B not knowing whether they will arrive alive or become a victim resulting in untold misery and lost income earners with skills. The taxis are the big problem here as they seem to rule the roads and anything that threatens to be competition or try to regulate how they operate etc has them further inconveniencing the very people who rely on them since they destroyed stole etc the public transport back during the struggle. Surely there is work here for the millions of unemployed as well as petty crimnals clogging the penal system to rebuild the old systems AND still room for taxi's.RIP and comfort to all.

  • Abdul - 2012-05-27 13:44

    This entire week we have had public transport vehicles involved in crashes, killing and injuring many. WHEN do we realise that accidents don't just cost lives but also the monetary costs of attendng to accidents and rehab of injured are enormous. DRIVER EDUCATION IS KEY to reducing the carnage. TAke a look at a privately funded road safety initiative that has had a huge impact on how many people drive....TAke a look at the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

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