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11 killed in horror W Cape bus crash

2014-05-08 09:26

HORROR BUS CRASH: According to Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa, 11 people have killed and 18 injured in a bus crash on the N12 between George and Oudtshoorn.Image: Sapa

Eleven people were killed in a bus crash on the N12 between George and Oudtshoorn on Thursday (May 8 2014), reports Western Cape traffic authorities.

The province's traffic chief Kenny Africa said: "Ten people died at the scene and another person died in hospital. Another 18 passengers were injured, nine seriously."

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Of the 18, four were children. Africa said he could not confirm whether any of those killed were children.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said paramedics received a call about the incident at 2am.

Vermaak said the bus was going around a bend, about 15km outside Oudtshoorn, when a vehicle in front apparently swerved. The driver lost control and the bus fell onto its side, he added.

Vermaak said paramedics and police had to climb into the bus to free some people who were trapped in the debris.

Among the injured was a five-year-old boy who was found lying in the bus next to the body of his mother. He was taken to a hospital in George.

Vermaak said: "He was awake but sustained serious fractures."

Around 50 people were believed to be inside, excluding the deceased. The N12 between George and Oudtshoorn would be closed for several hours.
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