UPDATE: Limpopo bus involved in R71 crash was carrying college students

2019-06-16 07:22
The scene of a bus accident in Durban.

The scene of a bus accident in Durban. (Rescue Care)

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The bus involved in an accident with a bakkie which claimed two lives, and left scores injured along the R71 Road between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa on Saturday was carrying college students, Limpopo police said.

Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said police in Gravelotte on the outskirts of Phalaborwa are investigating the cause of the fatal accident that occurred at 05:00.

"It is alleged that the bus which was going towards the direction of Phalaborwa transporting 78 students from a FET (College) in Lephalale, collided with a double cab bakkie with two occupants, including the driver. The bakkie was going towards the Tzaneen direction.

"During this accident, two occupants of the double cab, died instantly and all the 78 passengers from the bus were taken to Letaba and Maphutha Hospitals, respectively, for medical treatment. The deceased were identified as Burger MF, 36 and Jan Hendrick Louis aged 66. Both are from Phalaborwa town," he said.

Ngoepe concluded that police have opened a case of culpable homicide and are investigating the cause of the accident.

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has urged road users to exercise extreme caution this long weekend to avoid accidents.


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