45 lifeless as bus plunges from bridge into ravine in South Africa

45 lifeless as bus plunges from bridge into ravine in South Africa

An eight-year outdated youngster was the only real survivor after a bus carrying 46 individuals plunged off a bridge in South Africa, fell right into a ravine and caught fireplace.

The kid, who has not been named, was taken to hospital with severe accidents, the transport ministry mentioned in an announcement late on Thursday.

The automobile had been heading from neighbouring Botswana to Moria within the north of the nation.

“It’s alleged that the motive force misplaced management, colliding with boundaries on the bridge inflicting the bus to go over the bridge and hitting the bottom, the place it caught fireplace,” the assertion mentioned.

Rescue operations had continued until late, with some our bodies burned past recognition, and others trapped contained in the particles or scattered over the crash scene.

The bus had a Botswana licence plate, native authorities mentioned, however the nationalities of the passengers had been nonetheless being checked.

The transport minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga, went to the scene of the crash and promised a full inquiry can be held into its trigger.

Whereas South Africa has one of many African continent’s most developed highway networks, it additionally suffers from one of many worst security data.

Simply hours earlier than the crash, the president, Cyril Ramaphosa, appealed to South Africans to take care when travelling throughout the Easter week.

“Let’s do our greatest to make this a protected Easter. Easter doesn’t should be a time the place we sit again and wait to see statistics on tragedy or accidents on our roads,” he mentioned in an announcement.

The bus fell from a significant bridge linking two hillsides close to Mmamatlakala in Limpopo province, round 190 miles (300km) north of Johannesburg.

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