JeVanne Gibbs
1 minute read
30 Sep 2014
11:17 am

42 injured, one dead on infamous Moloto Road

JeVanne Gibbs

A man was killed and 42  people sustained various injuries in a bus accident on the infamous R573 Moloto Road this morning.

The driver of the bus that rear-ended the stationary bus had been killed in the crash. Pic: @GTP_Traffstats on Twitter

Tshwane Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Johan Pieterse said one bus had collided into the back of another which had broken down, according to eyewitnesses.

Pieterse confirmed that the driver of the bus that rear-ended the stationary vehicle had been killed in the crash.

“Eight people sustained serious injuries, while 33 were slightly injured,” he said.

Moloto Road, dubbed “the unholy road”, has a long history of fatal crashes.

The deadly crashes had persisted on the 130km-long road linking Pretoria and Mpumalanga despite several interventions by the Department of Transport.

Earlier this year, four people were killed and 12 others injured when a taxi overturned on the R573 Moloto Road near Mathyzenloop, Mpumalanga.

Three passengers and the driver died at the scene.

In November, A bus collided with a truck killing 29 people and severely injuring a further 11.

The accident occurred when an articulated vehicle drove into the back of a tipper truck before colliding with a bus and a light delivery vehicle.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters had ordered a high-level investigation into the accident by the Road Traffic Management Corporation  and Mpumalanga traffic authorities.

Earlier this month, DA Gauteng Shadow roads and transport MEC, Neil Campbell, said what distinguished this road from others, was that the road itself was not risky, but rather because of the “appalling attitude of those who use the road and their flagrant disregard for any principle of road-safety”.

“What is needed are dedicated police officials who apply appropriate policing policy for road violations and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book,” said Campbell.

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