Bus passenger tells of horror crash

2012-05-17 10:47

Bloemfontein - A bus passenger saw how a fellow passenger’s leg was ripped off and how another lost a hand when an SA Roadlink bus overturned outside Bloemfontein on Wednesday morning.

reported that five people died and 25 people were injured, four of them seriously.

The passenger who saw the horrific injuries was taken to hospital along with other injured passengers.

The bus was heading from Cape Town to Johannesburg when it left the road and overturned, possibly because the bus driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

He was one of the seriously injured.

A hospital spokesperson said people were badly traumatised.

An SA Roadlink spokesperson said the bus was less than a week old and had two bus drivers on board.

Sapa reported on Wednesday that the Road Traffic Management Corporation has launched an investigation into the accident, and that Road Accident Fund officials were helping the families.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed.

  • Joanita - 2012-05-17 11:08

    I used to enjoy taking the bus but came to realize after taking a bus from Pretoria to Kroonstad 2 year ago how dangerously the bus drivers are. This bus drive was speeding most of the time to make up time lost due to stops along the way. Not only is he putting the lives of the people in the bus in jeopardy but for also the rest of the people on the road. And clearly having 2 bus drivers does not make a difference!!

      Martin - 2012-05-17 11:16

      I read an article where a british bus driver was fired for eating a grape, due to that fact lives are in his care and he should be focused on the road, we need that kinda accountability, but stupid worker rights move in and kill people. Those rights in RSA need some kinda line drawn,

  • Atholl - 2012-05-17 11:18

    The sad thing is that in SA, Bus (Courier) and Rail Transport is a vital component in public transport because : .. it gives everyone an efficient option .. alleviates congestion of 'business' traffic .. lessens road wear .. lowers fuel consumption .. offers safer (experienced) driving for long distance If only the (same) Bus Couriers could live up to their end of the deal :: ie. the SAFETY component... then ... there should be a migration from vehicle / air to Courier travel Apparently a new courier - Jozi Express - does provide an efficient / comfortable / experienced driver experience. Translux & Greyhound not bad either. If one Courier can do it - then why can't the others ?

  • Manford - 2012-05-17 11:19

    S A DEATHLINK no wonder these accidents somebody is sleeping how can one driver takes control of the bus while the other is bizzy seating and chatting to him, when does he rests, a policy must be put that drivers must not be seen together during the journey

  • Malcolm - 2012-05-17 11:22

    The thing that puzzles me... Why is this bus service still up and running?? Why does nothing ever happen to the company?

      Malcolm - 2012-05-17 11:52

      Yes I think the link in SA-roadlink is the government!

  • roan.murray - 2012-05-17 11:34

    Click on the sa road link keyword just under the article and you will see how many issues and accidents under this name. This company must be stopped.

  • Wandile - 2012-05-17 11:36

    I thought this company's operating licence was under review what happened to that and isn't it funny that whenever you hear of an accident involving a coach on our roads its always SA...Link just thinking out loud.

  • jacobsnadeem - 2012-05-17 11:39

    worste bus ever!! will rather fly mango.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-05-17 11:48

    How many more lives is SA Roadlink going to take for the Transport department and the people going to realize these buses are coffins on the road.

  • Abdul - 2012-05-17 11:58

    ALL road accidents are gruesome, and action must be taken to reduce teh CARNAGE. Driver education and enforcement is the way to go. See more of the real carnage and the causes and ways to drive better on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Takalani - 2012-05-17 12:01

    I heard Kholubose Zuma bought 10% shares on Roadlink!!!mmm t still going to operate................

      Robinson - 2012-05-17 12:30

      lol Tk hahahaha...jst wonder if he cud fit thru a roadlink bus door

  • paulvs1 - 2012-05-17 12:30

    SA Roadlink won't be stopped, ask Robin Carlisle MEC for transport in the WC, he promised he will stop them, but he failed, and the only reason for that is they appoint MEC's like him, who has no experience of transport, they are all riding the gravy train and make empty promises. Watch this space, the story will dissapear and be forgotten in a few days. SA Roadlink do not have Passenger Liability Insurance either, so no one can claim against them, they just refer people to the RAF, and don't give a damn about injured or dead passengers. All we can do is talk again about this company when the next accident and the next one occurs, because they will remain on the road, none of these MEC can stop them, they just do not know how, because of lack of transport experience.

  • sanelisiwe.botshobana - 2012-05-17 12:32

    They must just write the SA roadlink off,coz its the most killer in south africa.people must stop loving cheap things.especially 2010,it was everyday in the news with accident.I prefer to go with INTERCAPE although its expensive,because i know i will arive safe.

  • Robinson - 2012-05-17 12:37

    wow..lets hear their response diz time...I bet we'll hear ''the government is targeting us''...deepest condolences 2 da deceased nd wish a speedy recovery 2 da rest....

  • Kenny - 2012-05-17 12:38

    Bloody Hell! It sounds like this guys has just come from watching a horror movie!

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-17 12:43

    SA RoadLink buses should be taken off the road.... that company is cursed

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-17 12:52

    Now it is called SAdeathlink 'fast coffin'.. if the bus is new then lets blame the driver.

  • Lizaru Mg - 2012-05-17 12:54

    I think it was seven years ago I book this bus from Klerksdorp to Cape Town to my supprise this bus arrived two hours later than the schedulled time the bus was so full & some passengers were standing you know what the driver & the hostess told me their computers were off line hence they couldnt know that the couch was overloaded so they ask me to get in because the other people were going to disembark in Kimberly I refused I slept over in Klerksdorp this bus company is a joke how many more lives must be lost before the aurthorities do something plz mr Ndebele do something people are dying with this bus company please

  • Fransch - 2012-05-17 13:09

    Just so sad. I have been keen on taking a bus trip rather than driving but this puts me off completely.

  • Eban - 2012-05-17 13:22

    they work these drivers far too much !!!

      Ruan - 2012-05-18 11:33 legislation in place to check the road-worthiness of PSV's (Public Service Vehicles). Probably because a corrupt official at the vehicle testing centre received "a back hander" to pass the vehicle. Also a drivers' working hours are not regulated like in Europe. The technology IS WIDELY USED IN EUROPE AND I'M SURE IT'S AVAILABLE IN Sa and it is very easy to administer-it's also very easy for the law-enforcement-agencies to interpret a digital tachograph card as it records ALL drivers' activities and infringements (if any). But i sense there is a real lack of political will on the part of our dear public servants to reduce the carnage in the roads.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-17 13:46

    the bus was two days old so they say. does it not worry them them that other companies with buses 10yrs old stil take their customers to their destinations in one peace. this time lets say it was not the bus but the very driver who was driving belonged to which company.we dont deny that accidents do happen but with s.a roadlink, it is just but getting out of hand.

  • Abdul - 2012-05-17 14:05 all accidents ARE!!!!Drivers need to change attitude and law enforcemnet must not be a bribe to get away!!!!!!15000 killed annually on our roads.....wana knwo the reason go take a look at the pics in "GOTCHA" on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Emmanuel - 2012-05-17 15:52

    Ban Road Link please, we tired of this

  • Ruan - 2012-05-17 21:59

    This is a message for whoever is in charge of public transport- Have you got the balls to do ANYTHING about increasing the the safety on Sa roads ? This particular company had been in the news because of negative publicity for quite sometime- and yet they are still operational !! Is someone, somewhere receiving "back-handers"...."brown-envelopes" in turn to keep quiet about all what's happening ? Again if there is a MP for transport- i ask you- DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO REFORM PUBLIC TRANSPORT ?

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