Bus driver dies but saves pas­sen­gers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

THREE peo­ple were killed and at least 25 in­jured when a bus over­turned while try­ing to avoid a head-on col­li­sion with a truck in the East­ern Cape.

The 65-seater bus was trav­el­ling on the no­to­ri­ous R61 “death road”, from Cape Town to Du­tywa, when the driver lost con­trol try­ing to avoid a truck com­ing on to the road from a nearby farm about 6am yes­ter­day.

The driver and two fe­male pas­sen­gers were killed. Emer­gency ser­vices freed pas­sen­gers trapped in­side the bus.

John Fo­bian, head of the East­ern Cape po­lice’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment, said 25 peo­ple were in­jured. One man in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion was air­lifted to the Frere Hos­pi­tal in East Lon­don.

The rest were taken to Fron­tier Hos­pi­tal in Port El­iz­a­beth.

“A case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide has been opened by the po­lice, and the truck driver has been taken in for ques­tion­ing,” said Fo­bian. Kenny Brauns, a wit­ness, said the bus driver’s ac­tion pre­vented more deaths.

“From what I saw on the scene, the truck would have Tboned the bus and the death toll could eas­ily have been higher. I’m sure he did his best in a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, and prob­a­bly saved many lives, even if it was at the cost of his own,” he said.

kowthar.solomons@inl.co.za

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