75 injured as North West bus overturns

2012-02-27 07:41

Rustenburg - Seventy-five people were injured when a bus overturned on Derby Road 10km outside Rustenburg in the North West, paramedics said on Monday.

"Common cause information specifies that the driver lost control of the coach liner on a bend [on Sunday night]," Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

"The bus thereafter pushed from the road and rolled, coming to rest near the road on its side."

The injured were taken to the George Mokare State hospital.

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  • mholthuysen - 2012-02-27 07:46

    75 people in one bus? Overloading - lost control - result carnage... the standard on South African roads!

      MissGremlinSays - 2012-02-27 08:01

      Agreed. If the vehicle rolled, it was a single decker, and 75 people in a single decker is about 15 too many people. (provided it is a bus, and not a lux or semi lux coach which would only be rated to carry about 44 or 45 passengers. I do have to consider the possibilty that the vehicle had rollover protection, as there dont seem to be any deaths reported so far, which is a usual result of a bus roll incident.

      procold2 - 2012-02-27 08:31

      mike,how do you get 75 people on a bus. these drivers and operators just wont learn. passangers should also refuse to board these unsaafe busses.

      Marthinus - 2012-02-27 08:33

      Blame pothole infested roads. Oh wait that's racist(Government and all). Blame apartheid!!!! Glad all okay though.

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-27 09:08

      If you see an overloaded bus, or a clearly unroadworthy one, then report it at We have to stop these bus companies from risking people's lives.

      jacques.c.smit - 2012-02-27 09:24

      my thoought exactly. A standard Golden arrow bus can take 60 sitting and 16 standing passangers. Did everyone on the bus get hurt? In all probability no. Overloading is par for the course in SA and stuff like this will keep on happening...when will people learn?

      Tanie - 2012-02-27 11:20

      What about the standard of news24 reporters Mike? they should have known better that we have George Mukhari not George mokare Hospital,charity begins at home.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-27 08:00

    Flip, what a sad way to start new week.

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-02-27 08:16

    Is this correct English ? Help me out!! "The bus thereafter pushed from the road and rolled, coming to rest near the road on its side."

      bvniekerk - 2012-02-27 08:21

      Jeffrey Wicks was quoted. . . . still bad English. . . sad that we are fed with crap language.

  • Fred - 2012-02-27 08:25

    Let's continue giving out licenses to everyone, even those who have no idea how to drive.

  • Andre - 2012-02-27 08:31


  • Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-02-27 08:32

    bad journalism,bad writing,bad english,bad bad bad bad

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-02-27 09:15

      Bad driving, bad roads, bad ending.

  • Zion - 2012-02-27 08:37

    The bus thereafter pushed from the road and rolled. Who,what and why was it pushed?

      Zion - 2012-02-27 08:44

      Les. Cunningham, Sorry for the almost identical comment. I never read further than the article itself.

  • Zion - 2012-02-27 08:42

    The standard cause will be given as 1) burst tyre, 2) Driver fatigue 3) and no not never speeding. 4) and driver incompetence. Will someone please be so kind and give the name of the liner company.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-27 08:43

    Bus drivers have a bad attitudes. I see them in the mornings going to work. They push into traffic and intimmidate drivers. The same manner the taxis drive but jus with an extra 3 tons.

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-27 08:44

    This what you get when you copy and paste from SAPA interns = Bad article

  • Barry - 2012-02-27 08:51

    sympathies to the injured - However who wrote this article - some ignorant amatuer by the sound of it - does no one at News24 edit their news ??

  • Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-02-27 09:04

    this is atrocious writing,no mention is made as to why patients were taken to George Mukhari(not Mokare) if the accident happened 10km outside rustenburg,what's happening in this journalism country? OMG!!!!! Condolences to the injured

  • Mable - 2012-02-27 10:06

    Terrible thing to happen. I hope they all recover soon. Come on S.A. please take care especially when u r carrying precious cargo..

  • Andre - 2012-02-27 10:09

    These accidents will keep on happening as long as the cops hide behind speed trapping cameras making easy money, instead of policing the roads where they can see and apprehend reckless drivers while they are speeding, passing other vehicles over blind heights, making illegal u-turns on busy roads, and the like. Road users, especially taxi drivers, have no respect for the traffic laws, but they get away with it!

  • Graham - 2012-02-27 10:23

    what bus company?

  • Johan - 2012-02-27 10:35

    Where and from whom did this driver buy his drivers license ?

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