Bus wreckage cut to get trapped passengers

2013-03-15 15:15

Cape Town - Fire and rescue services have started cutting at the wreckage of a double-decker bus to retrieve passengers who were flung out as it overturned on the Hex River Pass on Friday.

Twenty-two fatalities including the driver were reported.

ER24 spokesperson, Vanessa Jackson, confirmed that eight people were critically injured and 36 had minor to moderate injuries.

Jackson added that three passengers trapped under the bus had died.

“The double-decker bus was heading towards Cape Town when it passed between two cliff faces and overturned into a ditch with the top part crashing against the mountain,” she told News24.

Patients have been dispatched to Worcester and Paarl hospitals for care.

Jackson said patients sustained multiple injuries including broken bones and chest injuries.

The Air Force and two Skymed Helicopters were also at the scene to assist with patient transport.

Western Cape Traffic chief, Kenny Africa, attributed the crash to a brake failure.

  • skiapas - 2013-03-15 15:23 by bus in south africa....and u just might find out if there's life after death !! 3rd world public transport.

      Mornay Williams - 2013-03-15 17:30

      @ skiapas,unfortunately not everybody have a nice vehicle like you to get from point A to point B. Some have to rely on public transport!

  • Dawn Hildebrand - 2013-03-15 15:28

    Wow! How tragic! We will be passing that way tomorrow morning en route to Beaufort West. May their sould rest in peace. Condolences to all affected.

  • Victor Mbeye - 2013-03-15 15:39

    So sad sorry

  • trudiroos.potter - 2013-03-15 15:41

    BEautiful but dangerous road. Why all these deaths in the Western Cape. What does the rise in pay help now? Tragic

      Mornay Williams - 2013-03-15 17:32

      @ Trudiroos,how stupid are you?What does the farmworkers pay rise have to do with this accident???

  • Cerika Marais - 2013-03-15 15:53

    Dit maak nie saak watter maatskappy dit is nie dit bly n tragedie, ons wat in die bedryf is en was weet dat daardie pas baie gevaarlik is. My hart gaan uit aan al die mense wat familie of vriende in die voorval verloor het

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2013-03-15 16:55

    Our roads have a lot of unqualified drivers who get drivers license from our corrupt systems. It is sad that innocent people get involved in these fatalities. Bus companies make drivers sit behind the wheel long hours traffic officials take bribes. There is no law enforcement. Drinking and driving is a norm if you have R100.00 in your hand. Come Easter weekend all what we gonna read about is death toll. May the deceased RIP and condolences to their families.

  • DrFeelBetter - 2013-03-15 17:07

    Government Condolences are NOT enough; we need to have a Judicial Commission set up to ensure that experts work out a strategy for the prevention and reduction of Road Traffic Injuries. The care of those with "minor Injuries" and of the families deprived of loved-ones must be done as seriously as those of the Marikana Case. a mere mention of the tragedy with little else done by the Roads Department tends to trivialise the effect of Road Traffic Injuries.

  • intenetdebris - 2013-03-15 17:08

    Who were the passengers? Tourist? If so, there's another spike in SA Tourism's coffin. Sad so many people had to die because of driver ineptitude.

      sean.goldie.9 - 2013-03-16 20:17

      Where do you come off blaming this on driver ineptitude, reports clearly indicate that brake failure was the cause and on other news web sites there is mention of the FACT that the driver took the bus through the arrester bed which is supposed to stop vehicles with brake problems, this vehicle however went straight through it and never stopped, now does that sound like a driver that has intentions of dying or playing god.....simply i think you are the idiot with your minimalist brain trying to fathom what happened here.

  • Terrence Sasman - 2013-03-15 19:38

    Condolences to the families. But is the Greyhound not a 60 seater bus?

  • Andre James du Plessis - 2013-03-15 19:54

    The question now arises if like reported the bus broke down earlier why was it not gone through properly albiet it was not related you are play with human lives or is it that the driver was speeding I spend enough time on our roads to see just how this bus drivers drive. My heart goes out to the famalies who lost their loved one in this tragedy God be with you

  • Leon Scheepers - 2013-03-16 07:25

    "Western Cape Traffic chief, Kenny Africa, attributed the crash to a brake failure." So, I assume the forensic investigation has been concluded to come to this conclusion - Or is Kenny talking through his nose? RIP and condolences to the families.

  • Alon Chaim Cohen - 2013-03-16 19:08

    I find it disconcerting and unfair that the brand of the bus liner involved is never mentioned in these articles. When an airplane goes down the first thing you here is the air line involved. I think it makes it a lot easier for the companies to continue whatever dodgy maintenance practices they may be taking part in as they sit out of the spot light. Condolences to the families, this is really terrible!

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