Western Cape bus crash toll rises to 20+

2013-03-15 14:28

Cape Town - At least 22 people died when a bus veered off the Hex River Pass near De Doorns on Friday morning, Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said.

"It was a passenger bus on its way to Cape Town when the bus driver lost control."

He said several people, three of them children, were critically injured. Fourteen people were seriously injured and 22 were slightly injured.

"There are still people trapped in the bus, as well as the driver, and we are pulling up the bus now," he said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the double-decker bus was crushed against the side of the mountain along the pass.

She initially said paramedics had recorded a death count of 13, but that this figure could change as officials cut away at the wreckage.

  • Zed Max - 2013-03-15 14:33

    Too many lives being lost on our roads. Govt must tell us the way forward!

      camp.j - 2013-03-15 14:49

      The government need to put in measures that STOP overloaded taxis

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-15 14:49

      This is why tolls should be introduced. These overloaded taxis could then be checked

      Zed Max - 2013-03-15 14:51

      @Bafana and Shelley: The govt has the power to stop and get rid of the dangerous taxis and drivers but are they doing enough??? Hiding in bushes with cameras and taking bribes is not the solution!

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-15 15:02

      Having a cop in the middle of the road would endanger lives. Bushes are safer. We need to reduce road deaths, not increase them

      Man Zanilla - 2013-03-15 16:12

      Search "List of countries by traffic-related death rate" on wikipedia. Then sort the road fatalities per 100,000 column by clicking the arrow next to it. Then see where south africa lies on the list. We are the worst in the world. Keep in mind our main roads are in a good condition.

      skiapas - 2013-03-16 12:20

      .....the majority of sa coach-/ bus drivers are poorly trained and have a big ego- DISASTER !!

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-03-15 14:35

    As sad and tragic as this is, it is not at all surprising. Every day I watch with horror, as maniacs abused their driver's licenses.

  • Mpumelelo TF - 2013-03-15 14:35

    Absolutely horrific news. So many breadwinners lost in one incident.

  • louis.kriel - 2013-03-15 14:36

    I hate busses...and reckless drivers.

  • Boikanyo Elton Mokgatle - 2013-03-15 14:40

    That accident is very sad is the same with of the workers who drown in the sea sumwhere Kimberly it was the 1st May.......R.I.P

      dave.camacho.129 - 2013-03-15 14:46


      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-15 15:04

      Sorry for your loss RIP in peace :(

      Christa Chrissie Brandkamp - 2013-03-15 15:15

      Kimberly is not near the sea? Which accident are you talking about?

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-15 15:18

      Was it the big hole? It is forming a sea

      Alida Bester Labuschagne - 2013-03-15 15:30

      I think he is referring to the bus which ploughed into a dam in the Freestate. The workers was from Kimberley and 50 + died. They were attending a May Day rally in Bethlehem I think and were Cosatu members.

  • Pumu Wami - 2013-03-15 14:43

    Sad indeed may their souls rest in peace.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-03-15 14:56

    Too many lives are lost in our roads daily, its sad R.I.P condolences to the families - unsafe vehicles and reckless driving are some of the major cause of Road accidents we get very impatient on the Road - but exactly how many people died here? your first words reads at least 22 people died and further to that you say Paramedics counted 13 and the number could escalate * confused *

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-16 10:02

      The news I heard confirmed that 24 people had died and that was last night quite early. My heart goes out to the families of all those who were travelling on this transport, not just those whose family members were killed. The long term effects on those injured will affect their lives forever. This is why I am always blown away by the people who set rolling railway and public transport stock alight. Do they not realise that these things cost a fortune and with every loss they deprive themselves and others of a safer mode of transport. Now they are threatening the GAUTRAIN???!!!!

  • Uyanda Zungula - 2013-03-15 14:57

    may their souls rest in peace God wil be wth u bantwana bompostile

  • Busisiwe Manyosi - 2013-03-15 15:01

    RIP .This is sad .

  • Kobus Terblanche - 2013-03-15 15:02

    sorry--mistake !

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 15:14

      Too many "mistakes" happening these days.

  • Kobus Terblanche - 2013-03-15 15:02


  • Chris Buchner - 2013-03-15 15:09

    Actual story let me just help news24 a bit A taxi overturned this weekend due to speeding past other vehicles on a dangerous pass which is illegal anyways however we will say the driver lost control but actually he made an illegal mistake and murdered people pleasure news24 :)

      Bruce Carolus - 2013-03-15 16:16

      Yes I agree. However traffic officers should also be taken out their comfort zones and placed where it matters on our roads. We as South Africans should stand tall and take a stand but how can we if the borders are wide open.

  • Melanie Williams-September - 2013-03-15 15:10

    I live in Touwsriver and my daughter goes to school in De Doorns. Everyday they drive this road and the busses and trucks have no respect for the pass. Some don't even stop to go into their lowest gear, many a times they don't keep to the correct lane. I pray for the families of the dead and those who got hurt as I pray for my children everyday.

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  • Andre Oosthuizen - 2013-03-15 15:23

    Find out how much they pay these drivers and then you will know why we have all these buss accidents.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-16 10:14

      Andre, it is not just what they pay the drivers, it is also the roadworthiness of the vehicles and other road users. The roadworthiness is compromised by the owners of these vehicles (private/public) in part because of the vandalising of buses and trains by the people whose families are obliged to travel in these vehicles when they set fire to them and throw rocks and things like that. This reduces the number of public transport vehicles available because every time a bus/train carriage is destroyed it is more pressure on the ones still available. This is something the government is NOT addressing through the Unions who help vote them into power. It is totally unacceptable behaviour and yet these same people who use the buses and this WAS a bus not a taxi are the very ones who vote for the government. It just boggles the mind. Buses were stoned and set alight this past week in Port Elizabeth by angry residents protesting against something AGAIN. I weep for all those disadvantaged voters for the ANC who are actually shooting themselves in the feet instead of voting for a different party at the polls and taking care of what IS available.

  • Boyisile Stya Dikela Mafilika - 2013-03-15 15:24

    May their souls rest in peace.Those who are in hospital may they get well soon.Ours prayers goes to all families,friends,relatives,communities etc involved.

  • Angel Sings - 2013-03-15 16:12

    Terrible!!! R.I.P

      Mxakatho Vuyile - 2013-03-15 20:01

      its 1 of those

  • Mxakatho Vuyile - 2013-03-15 19:59

    RIP maTACC amahle

  • Mahomed Saleem Khan - 2013-03-15 21:11

    If our goverment is serious about road deaths why don't they have cameras installed on all buses and taxis (Drivecam) its a little device that records and deletes. Any incident is saved like speed, harsh braking, driving over kerbs and collisions, This device records 10 second before incidence and 10 seconds after. Its a dual view camera that records the driver and the road. It will show clearly cause of collision if driver was sleeping, distracted etc and can be used in a court of law as evidense. By having this device installed it will change driver behaviour resulting in a huge reduction in road deaths. Come on our goverment get serious.

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