South Africa bus crash kills 20, dozens taken to hospital
Twenty people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a cash-in-transit van on a main road in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province on Monday.
After the crash, the bus rolled off a bridge on the N1 highway into a river below, said ER24, whose paramedics were on scene.
“Three people were found dead along the road and 16 along the river – all were pronounced dead on arrival,” ER24 said in a statement. “One patient, out of 69 passengers who were transported to hospital with various injuries, has since died,” the statement said.
The Limpopo Transport Department said the crash happened around 5pm (3pm GMT) on Monday and the bus was carrying passengers from Makhado town to areas in the province’s Vhembe district.
Police divers have been sent to verify that no one was swept away by the river, the department said in a statement.
ER24 said police were investigating the circumstances of the crash and heavy rain had fallen in the area where it happened.
A spokesman for the provincial police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.