Mpumalanga Taxi Crash: As many as eighteen people have died and 14 others injured after a bus and truck collided on the Badplaas Road, 3km outside of Machadodorp, Mpumalanga.
The crash which happened in the early hours of Tuesday claimed the lives of eight people who were declared dead on the scene.
Russel Meiring, ER24 spokesperson said the bus was found lying on its side on the side of the road while the truck was spotted in the middle of the road a short distance away when paramedics arrived on the scene.
He disclosed that sixteen injured people have been transported by ambulance to Belfast Hospital for urgent treatment while a critically injured passenger was airlifted by a Provincial Medical helicopter to Mediclinic Nelspruit.
“….Upon closer inspection, paramedics found several passengers lying trapped inside the bus while numerous more were found walking around on the scene.
Several patients were also found lying trapped beneath the overturned bus. Paramedics attended to the injured, while rescue services used specialised tools to free them from the mangled bus,” Meiring added.
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The two taxis were commuting mine workers at the local mine‚ Nkomati, according to Provincial Community Safety, Security and Liaison Department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza.
Mabuza added that the police have launched an investigation into the accident, as they have sent a team of investigators to the hospital to take statements from survivors.
Mpumalanga crash is the third fatal bus accident in recent days. On Monday, six people died while 51 others sustained different degrees of injury when their bus crashed into a stationary truck near Bloemfontein.
Two weeks ago, two men were also killed in a three-truck crash near Loskop Dam in Mpumalanga. The men were declared dead at the scene while a man and a woman were taken to hospital for follow-up care after a brief treatment at the scene.