72 hurt as bus rolls several times

2012-04-10 07:32

Bloemfontein - Seventy two people were injured when a bus overturned near Rosendal in the Free State in the early hours of Tuesday morning, paramedics said.

The fully laden bus was travelling on the R70 road before it 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. "Ten were in a serious condition and the remaining sixty were classified as walking wounded, having sustained only minor injuries."

All the injured were treated and stabilised at the scene before they were taken to the Dihlabeng, Senekal and Ficksburg hospitals for further treatment.

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  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-10 07:46

    As long there are no fatalities I still hope that they are all going to survive.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-10 07:46

    As long there are no fatalities I still hope that they are all going to survive.

  • Ben - 2012-04-10 07:55

    Unless this bus has a personality of its own, something must have caused it to start rolling.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-10 08:49

      Bus driver z-z-z-z-z...

  • Rob - 2012-04-10 08:34

    Notice how these reports no longer suggest the cause of the incident. On the other hand the reports also seem to have stopped calling these incidents ACCIDENTS. No such thing, is there?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-10 11:46

    Several people, including children, were killed over this Easter week-end when the vehicles they were travelling in, suddenly left the road, rolled, or flung occupants all over the show. This type of vehicular behaviour is totally unacceptable but does not lead to any revenue for us, so we concentrate on the more lucrative catching of drivers exceeding the speed limit.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-11 10:00

      Is allowing people to speed going to prevent unroadworthy vehicles having accidents? Not dealing with one issue is certainly not going to help eliminate another. I don'tunderstand your logic - are you perhaps bitter you were bust speeding the other day?

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