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Mpumalanga bus crash: Two people killed, 22 injured

In what seems to be a recurring incident over the festive season, two people were killed and 22 others injured in a bus crash in Mpumalanga.

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Two people – a man and a woman – were tragically killed on Monday 16 December 2019 in a bus crash in Kranspoort, north-east of Middelburg in Mpumalanga

According to ER24, 22 others sustained injuries, ranging from minor to serious.

Details of tragic accident

When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 9:00 on Monday, another medical service team were already at the scene. 

Upon further assessment, paramedics found a bus lying on its side with two people fatally injured. They were declared dead at the scene.

ER 24 paramedics said in a statement: “A total of 22 patients were assessed and treated at the scene before being transported to hospital by various medical services at the scene for further medical care.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known, but police were on the scene for further investigations,” it added. 

Pretoria bus collision in separate incident 

In a separate incident on Sunday 15 December 2019 in Pretoria, a collision between a bus and a truck left 29 people injured. The driver allegedly lost control, causing the bus, along with the luggage trailer, to overturn. 

According to SABC News, the collision took place at the bottom of the Eeufees offramp on the N14 national route highway, which runs from Springbok in the Northern Cape to Pretoria in Gauteng.

Tshwane Fire Department acting district commander Mervyn van Ginkel explained that a bus and truck were involved in the collision when the bus overturned. 

“The bus was carrying 36 people and 29 people have been injured. Of these, 28 people were transported to the Tshwane District Hospital while one critically injured woman was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital,” said Ginkel.

“When we arrived on the scene, we saw how many people were involved and then prioritised our patients according to their injuries. The most serious patients got transported first,” he added.   

A fire engine,  command vehicle and various ambulances were deployed to the scene. 

Ginkel explained that the police will be investigating whether the drivers were under the influence of alcohol and whether their vehicles were roadworthy.  

More than 100 drunk drivers were arrested in one weekend in Gauteng. The highest breathalyser recording was more than ten times above the limit.