MEC sends condolences to Brits bus accident victims

Bus accident between Ohrigstadt and Burgersfort leaves 1 dead 44 injured. Picture: Netcare 911 twitter

North West Community Safety and Transport Management MEC Gaoage Molapisi, has sent condolences to families of two people who died, as well as those injured in a bus accident in Bethanie near Brits on Tuesday.

“We are disturbed and saddened by the sad news of this accident and we would like to wish a speedy recovery to those injured and our sincere condolences to the bereaved families,” he said.

Two women, aged 54 and 37, were killed and 25 other people injured when a bus overturned in Makolokwe outside Bethanie near Brits.

“The bus was traveling on a gravel road from Makolokwe to Brits via Bethanie at about 5.50am. The bus driver lost control of the bus and it capsized. Two people died at the scene and 25 were injured,” said Warrant Officer Mpeile Talane, police spokesman in Brits.

He said two counts of capable homicide was opened against the driver.

“The driver was admitted at the Brits Medi-Clinic and the other injured people were taken to the Brits District Hospital.”

The Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Unit said one woman was airlifted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg after her hand was amputated in the accident.

“The woman was airlifted to Milpark, her hand was amputated and she suffered other serious injuries,” said spokeswoman Loanne Louw.

She said the others had injuries ranging from mild to minor.

Molapisi said that the accident happened at the time the department had held a progressive meeting with the bus service concerned and the Lethabong Community Representatives, about 40km from Bethanie, regarding the status of their buses.

“The company’s buses have been subjected to rigorous certificate of roadworthy testing and all are compliant. In that meeting, we were satisfied by their new plan to implement a bus replacement programme.”

He said the intervention would address the concerns raised by the community and the commuters of Lethabong.

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