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11 die in SA-bound bus accident

ELEVEN people have died when a bus travelling from Zambia crashed in Polokwane, South Africa.

South African police authorities confirmed the death of the 11 passengers who were among 50 aboard a Royal Bus that was travelling from Zambia’s the Copperbelt to Johannesburg following a tyre burst.

According to Naomi Nyawali, first secretary press and public relations at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa, the accident happened in the early hours today on Bela Bela road, 180km away from Polokwane and 107 km from Pretoria.

The bus has been identified as a Scania Marcopolo registration number FT82GP.

“Eleven people are confirmed to be deceased,” Limpopo Department of Transport spokesperson Matome Moremi said according to new24.

Moremi said eight women and three men died.

He said 30 people survived with slight injuries, but an additional nine, including a driver, were critically injured.

One of the injured has been airlifted to Polokwane Hospital.

“There were no other vehicles involved,” said Moremi.

The preliminary assessment was that a wheel may have burst on the bus, causing it to lose control and roll off the highway over a trench.

Heavy lifting equipment had to be brought out to free the injured and the deceased.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba disclosed that the names of the deceased would be disclosed once the next of kins were informed

High Commissioner Mwamba said he was saddened by the development and wished the bereaved families God’s comfort.

He said the bodies of the deceased were in Mokopane mortuary and those that were injured were receiving medical attention at the same hospital.

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