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A collision between two buses on Jan Smuts Avenue and Lower Park in Johannesburg has left two people dead and about 100 others injured.

Johannesburg - The scene of an accident which claimed two lives and left 64 others injured in Parkview, north of Johannesburg, on Friday was "terrible and horrific", an eyewitness told News24.

"There were a lot of screams and cries. I walked past the buses and saw his (the bus driver) hand sticking out," said a woman who did not want to be identified.

The woman usually used Jan Smuts Avenue to avoid traffic in the mornings when travelling to work.

She saw the accident scene, parked her car and called Radio 702 to notify them of what had happened.

"I was shocked when [I saw] what happened. It was actually horrible," she said.

"There were a couple of people at the top level of the [one] bus. I saw one lady, someone was helping her get out through a window."

Buses full of passengers

Only a few paramedics had arrived on the scene around 07:45 when she came upon the scene.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told reporters at the scene that two Metro buses collided head-on around 07:00.

"The cause of the accident will have to be investigated as both buses were full of passengers when the accident happened."

One of the passengers, Nthabiseng Mpholwane, told reporters earlier at the scene that she managed to exit the bus through a broken window after the crash.

The bus they were travelling was heading north of the city, while the other was travelling south.

The bus travelling south lost control on the road and crashed straight into theirs.

She remembered hearing people screaming and crying and fighting to exit the bus.

Emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said a total of 66 people were involved in the collision.

"One driver died and the pregnant woman who was taken to hospital, she has also been confirmed dead.

"She was sitting on the upper level of the double decker, she was taken to hospital because she was critical."

Three people critically injured

Three other people - the second bus driver and two women - were critically injured and were still trapped inside the buses.

The others sustained serious, moderate and minor injuries. They were all taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment, Radebe said.

By 11:00 a tow van had separated the two buses allowing paramedics to free the trapped individuals, including the deceased driver.

The witness said she saw a woman being escorted to the deceased bus driver's side where she wailed after seeing the man.

"She was crying and it was horrible. It’s one of the things I don't ever want to see [again] in my life."

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