7 die, 41 hurt in Mpumalanga crash

2013-12-29 11:41
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - Seven people died and 41 were injured when an Iveco bus and a Nissan Sentra crashed on the N2 outside Ermelo, in Mpumulanga, early on Sunday, paramedics said.

"It is believed that one of the vehicles overtook another vehicle around a bend on the N2 and collided head-on," said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

Six of the people who died were travelling in the bus. The seventh was driver of the Nissan Sentra, he said.

Thirty six passengers in the bus and five in the car were treated for injuries. Two people appeared to have been flung from the vehicles during the collision, said Vermaak.

"Both vehicles were severely mangled and some of the occupants had to be freed by using the Jaws-of-Life."

Paramedics worked on the scene for three-and-a-half hours to stabilise the injured and take them to hospital, he said.

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