Alberton schoolbus catches fire

2012-04-19 10:32

Johannesburg - A bus, which was transporting 44 children, caught fire on the R59 freeway in Alberton on Thursday morning, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

"The engine compartment of the bus is in the rear... [and] the observant and alert bus driver, noticed smoke coming out from the engine, before he safely stopped the bus," Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said.

The 43-year-old bus driver and the children aged between 12 and 16 were not hurt. A 13-year-old girl was treated for smoke inhalation, said Mokheseng.

The bus was transporting the pupils from Randhart to Meyerton for a school outing.

Traffic on the R59 toward Vereeniging was affected.

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  • Jozi - 2012-04-19 10:50

    Well done for being alert, bringing the bus to a hault and evacuating the bus without any injuiries to these kids. Well done driver.!

  • James - 2012-04-19 10:52

    For once the driver wasnt drunk and no one died!!!

  • nishaatf - 2012-04-19 11:16

    Just glad every1 is ok ,

  • Abdul - 2012-04-19 11:34

    Well done Mr Bus driver. You have ceratinly averted a major incident. Could the bus have been unroadworthy?????Lets become more sensible road users---see the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Isabel - 2012-04-22 09:54

    The bus was on route to school and not on a outing. 2 children were hospitalized for same reasons.

  • brandon.britz3 - 2012-06-07 11:06

    lol, i use to drive on that bus when i was still in that school

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