Bus driver dies but saves passengers
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.