9 die as school bus hits truck

2011-10-03 07:46

Bloemfontein - Nine people including three children, were killed when a school bus collided with a truck on the N3 outside Harrismith in the Free State on Monday, police said.

Captain Harry Nagel said six adults and three children were killed and 48 others were injured - 10 of them critically.

He said the bus from Spruitview in Gauteng was travelling to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal when it collided with a truck and a bakkie at about 00:45.

The bus was transporting teachers and school children.

Both drivers of the truck and bakkie were among the injured.

The injured have been taken to the hospital in Harrismith and Qwaqwa.

  • Petite - 2011-10-03 07:54

    Not another bloodshed, Lord have mercy on us!!!!!

      McDaNife - 2011-10-03 08:06

      It has become a daily occurrence on our roads, when is the road carnage is going to stop or be reduced. Has to be driving negligence. We are having to many deaths by road accidents recently.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-10-03 08:15

      I don’t want to point any fingers here, but this situation will persist as long as drivers (taxi drivers, bus etc. – for public transport) do not have advanced driving lessons. I know most of our citizens are compelled to use public transport, for the lack of any alternative, so I would really suggest government, instead of decreasing max speed limits would rather increase the skill of these drivers, yet again don’t wanna blame anybody, but how many fatal accidents involved public transport these past two months? Why is that? It’s sad sending your kids to school, just for them never to return! So why is this not seen in a serious light?

      roflol - 2011-10-03 08:38

      It has always been on our roads! it's just more reported now!

      Thiboza - 2011-10-03 08:52

      Does maximum speed/Drinking have anything to do with this? It is a good time for the minister to start gathering facts.

      DW - 2011-10-03 10:03

      If you look at the timing of the accident, someone probably fell asleep at the wheel.

  • ariete - 2011-10-03 08:13

    How do you collide on the N3? It's a freeway

      Steviewunduh - 2011-10-03 08:18

      not the section between Harrismith and Van Reenen. the main freeway only starts at the bottom of Van Reenens pass after the Tugela toll road.

      Mlu - 2011-10-03 08:21

      The lanes are wide enough along the N3, whether its a free way or not. One of the drivers surely fell asleep, judging by the fact that the accident took place at 00:45. I hope the driver responsible is thrown in a dark cold cell for the rest of his life.

      Silli - 2011-10-03 08:22

      There are some hills with bends on the Jhb side of H'smith, and Van Reenen is a bit further south. Brake problems or fatigue (00h45) could have led to this. JV is right. Driver training is important, and also mandatory and ENFORCABLE roadworthy laws for PSVs.

      Peacock - 2011-10-03 09:49

      and do not forget about that 'intersection " at Shell ultra city at the top of the hill - Jhb side of Harry's. A lot of accidents happen there due to the entrance / exit.

  • Dirtyharry - 2011-10-03 08:17

    Can't this people drive?

  • semaj - 2011-10-03 08:19

    When is enough, enough? I presume the bus was travelling at 100km/h, and the truck at 80km/h. Come, minister, please explain how your planned campaign to reduce speed limits will work. If you dare to or have the guts to do so of course. Rather review the licenced? (in)competence of the drivers on the roads today, especially trucks and bus drivers. As for News24, please explain how a bakkie was also involved.

  • Lionel - 2011-10-03 08:23

    A sad indictment on all of us and our political leaders, who always talk, but never do anything. Ndebele should resign.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-10-03 08:24

    This is where the government must start. The public transport is in shambles, and the taxi owners is only out to make money. They are not regulated, so they do as they please.

  • Bill - 2011-10-03 08:25

    This cannot surely carry on like this...what is happening...! very sad!

  • Rastus - 2011-10-03 08:30

    "Both drivers of the truck and bakkie were among the injured." Huh! Where did the bakkie fit in! Drivers these days leaves a lot to be desired - impatient - arrogant - down right rude and bloody stupid! Condolences and RIP.

  • Zilch - 2011-10-03 08:31

    It's not the matter of advanced training, it seems like we are being tested for reasons we can not understand, we should stop blaming others instead we should drive cautiously, most of the drivers out there are negligent in their driving, they lack to understand that roads are for everyone, we must be tolerant of each other, if you persist driving on when you realise another car is overtaking you, why persist, rather let it pass, that does not take more time compared to the life you would have lost if you just persisted, taxis, buses aren't the only one's who make accidents, mostly are from small vehicles, hmmmmmm......

  • - 2011-10-03 08:50

    Government wants to reduce speed limit and they have their officials sitting behind cameras all day trying to meet their targets. Noteworthy is that we suddenly have these horrific accidents every other day now killing so many people at a time and almost without fail every such accident involves a taxi or a bus. Surely it takes little to understand that the problem lies with the conditions of these vehicles and the qualifications and attitude of drivers entrusted to provide a service to the public. Everybody knows how the Taxis drive but nothing is done about it as they are far to powerful an organisation that now even owns an airline. Fix these problems and you fix the killing on the roads.

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-10-03 08:57

    Here we go again. A bus and a taxi causing this carnage !

      CHOCOLATE - 2011-10-03 14:04

      Joy agreet this is so so sad. Well who knows maybe these people bought their licences but even if that did not happen , South Africans are far too hasty, impatient and have no regard to the next person. Bottom line is THEY DO NOT OBEY TRAFFIC LIGHTS, NOR REDUCE SPEED IN WET WEATHER, NOR DO THEY HEED TO THE WARNINGS ABOUT SHARP BENDS AHEAD ETC. It is past now for Government to step in and take harse decisions

  • Jacques - 2011-10-03 08:57

    What is a bus transporting teachers and school children doing on the road 00:45????????Beter trip planning may stop silly accidents like this!

  • Xzaviera - 2011-10-03 09:05

    Honestly... I am so tired of reading about school buses and school children. Do warning bells NOT sound when drivers get into their cars and embark on any journey? Do they take for granted that they can drive? Why are fewer and fewer people practicing caution? People are dying. Children are dying! Let me see ONE of you texting whilst driving... I'll be the woman with her upper body outside of the window, screaming very at you! We know better. Surely we can do better, people?

  • CBCOZA - 2011-10-03 09:05

    Oh, Again!

  • Jack Turner - 2011-10-03 09:09

    Roflol.....Dont talk crap you fool......

  • Gatshi - 2011-10-03 09:38

    While drivers have some control over driving recklessly, while impaired and while distracted there is little they can do about the state of the road. Nobody has to exceed the speed limit, you have a choice not to drive while drunk or tired and it is possible to refrain from eating or using your mobile phone while behind the wheel. But, slipping on black ice or a fuel spillage, losing control and causing a car accident are, more often than not, beyond the driver's control.

  • akaRags - 2011-10-03 13:22

    Tragic. Far too many of these accidents are happening countrywide lately. I live in Maritzburg & we had that taxi accident on Friday when 14 people were killed & sad to say, but an accident like that was inevitable in this city. Today, a few days after the accident, I was in the traffic with my husband, and we were cut off a couple of times by the same taxi driver, not using his indicator, driving recklessly (in an empty taxi) - and when we get cross with him, he thinks he done NOTHING wrong. They won't learn, even after a fellow driver in their city kills 14 passengers. They have no concience. Something drastic needs to be done about them. Most taxi drivers on SA roads have a sub mentality - I have now finally realised that. Is it even possible for them to be educated/trained re safe/legal driving habits?? I'm too cynical now to believe that. I honestly have my doubts. According to Carte Blanche there are about THIRTY fatal car accidents on our roads EVERY DAY and what our powers that be doing about it????? Bloody fiddling & sitting on their gravy train fat asses while Rome burns - they have blood on their hands.

  • Snera - 2011-10-04 08:53

    what i dont understand is why were school children transported at night? this shudnt hav happened... the organisers of the trip shud take some responsibility in this...

  • mae_mae - 2011-10-04 09:08

    no one is safe on these roads - they should think about constructing seperate highways for larger vehicles

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