Bus survivors: Screams, then darkness

2012-06-26 09:43

Johannesburg - Survivors of the Meyerton bus tragedy described hearing a loud crash, people screaming and then just darkness.

Nineteen people, including the bus driver, were killed in the disaster and 55 were injured. The bus was on its way from Sebokeng to Meyerton on the R59 north on Monday morning when it crashed through a barrier on a bridge and plummeted several metres into a ditch below.

 “I was so scared I went cold,” said Martha Mshwamo, who was on her way to work, told The Star.

“Everything just went black,” said John Maine, who was standing near the front of the Putco bus.

 “Then I just saw people lying around, people dead, it was terrifying,” said Maine.

The driver had apparently taken a different route on Monday morning due to protests on the designated route. He had tried taking a left turn but was allegedly going too fast and lost control of the vehicle.

Putco spokesperson Raphiri Matsaneng said the company will do an independent investigation to establish the cause of the accident.

Transport Minister Ben Martins has also instructed his officials to investigate the cause of the crash, The Star reported.

The driver had started working for Putco in September last year and worked as a truck driver for 16 years before that.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 09:47

    That wasn't such a big fall! He must of been going like the wind!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 11:38

      My comment was meant to say he must of been speeding!..17 thumbs down...geez that's hurtful!

  • khanyi.khanyisile.92 - 2012-06-26 09:55

    may God grant strength to the deceased families,May their souls rest in Peace. I pray for speedy recovery for those who sustain injuries in Jesus Name.

  • logical007 - 2012-06-26 09:58

    I am not surprised a Putco bus is involved in this accident. Putco bus drivers are as bad as the taxi drivers. Daily they use the narrow back roads to get to a main road. These roads barely fit two cars passing each other. The Putco buses speed down these potholed farm roads forcing cars onto the verges. no care for anyone.

  • ntlhangoe.pitso - 2012-06-26 10:07

    May the Lord be with the families that has lost loved ones. And those that are fighting for their lives, we praying for you. GOD BLESS.

  • Nelisiwe Zozo - 2012-06-26 10:53

    it is so bad may god grant strength to famiil

  • lydia.mtshamba - 2012-06-26 11:17

    i just want to say God is there for those lost there Loved ones may u be strong in the name Jesus.

  • lydia.mtshamba - 2012-06-26 11:22

    God loves u all He will never forget u at all He,s there always, just be strong and belief

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 11:39

    Very sad. Poor people, I hope the injured recover fully and quickly and condolences to the families of the deceased.

  • willie.vanzyl.39 - 2012-06-26 13:43

    This is a real bad loss of people, but in GAUTENG the cops concetrate on car speeding because the make money out of this. They should start to focus on TRUCKS their is for every bus accedent +- 400 truck accedents, SHOW ME A TRUCK @ 80 kph on our roads ???? But this is an effort to control. It is like allthings we have the wrong focus.

  • mulatedzi.singo - 2012-06-27 15:42

    To those who lost their loved ones,may the richly God helps and keaps ur hearts strong and to understand that it is God's wil,those in hospital pls recover.,

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