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a bus falls from a bridge, at least 45 dead

2024-03-28 20:01:00

All but one passenger died. In South Africa, a bus carrying 46 people fell around fifty meters from the top of a bridge before crashing into the bottom of a ravine. An 8-year-old child survived and was taken to hospital in serious condition.

“The driver apparently lost control of his vehicle, hitting the safety barriers on the bridge. The bus went over the bridge and hit the ground, where it caught fire,” said the Limpopo provincial transport ministry.

Burned bodies

“Some bodies have been burned beyond recognition, others are trapped under debris and still others are scattered at the scene,” the department said in a statement, adding that rescue operations continued. until late in the evening.

The bus had a Botswanan license plate, according to local authorities. The nationality of the passengers has not yet been confirmed. The accident occurred on a huge suspension bridge between two hills near Mmamatlakala in the Limpopo province (north), more than 300 km from Johannesburg.

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga, who visited the site during the day, promised a thorough investigation into the causes of the accident. South Africa has one of the most developed road networks on the continent but is among the worst performers in terms of road safety. Earlier in the day, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africans to “do their best to ensure a safe Easter”.

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