A bus driver died after he was allegedly shot on Old Wartburg Road in Pietermaritzburg while transporting about 50 people last night, according to ER24 paramedics who, along with other emergency medical services, attended the scene.
ER24 paramedics said it is understood that the bus drove down an embankment and into the front of a house after the driver was shot. “Paramedics found the bus driver still in the bus. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the man believed to be about 50 years of age. He was declared dead,” read a statement on the ER24 blog.
The emergency medical services said paramedics treated and transported one patient from the bus to hospital for minor injuries, while all other passengers refused hospital treatment, and authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Public Eye Maritzburg reports that the shooting incident occurred after three men, who boarded the bus on Chief Mhlabunzima Road in Eastwood, attempted to hijack the bus.
It is alleged by a source that the men “told the passengers to put their heads down and they pulled out a gun and a knife”. Pandemonium ensued on the bus with passengers screaming, and the driver was then shot three times which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. It is believed that the bus driver had swung the bus around and it had cascaded down the bank of the estate, hitting a lightpole and crashing into the wall of a house.
A passenger on board the bus, who wished to remain anonymous, said he could not believe his eyes. “It was just too shocking. One minute we sitting in the bus in our way home, some of us even falling asleep. Then the next minute there was the sound of gunshots. It was very scary. These two passengers who were shooting at the bus driver were both armed and carrying knives. I was in shock when we crashed into the fence, the lightpole and the house. When we crashed, the suspects ran into the bush and we could not see them,” alleged the passenger.
Police are currently combing the area in search of the three suspects who fled the scene after the bus crashed.
– Caxton News Service