Ixopo bus crash injures 56, KwaZulu-Natal
At least 56 people were injured in another bus crash on the R56 near Umkomaas Valley close to Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal late on Monday evening, 18 October 2021. Multiple agencies responded including Mi7 EMS, Midlands EMS, KwaZulu Private Ambulance, Netcare 911, EMRS and Richmond Fire Department. Medics arrived at the scene to find that the bus had veered off the roadway and overturned. KwaZulu Private Ambulance spokesperson Craig Botha said 10 passengers sustained critical injuries, 26 serious injuries and 22 others sustained minor injuries. "The patients were treated on scene before being transported to hospital for by multiple ambulance services," he added. Given Kalunga of Eldos Coaches, said the bus was travelling from Mthatha via Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg. Kalunga added that the bus left Mthatha at 14h30 on Monday.
Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst, said at 21h00 on Monday night they responded to a collision on the R56 near Umkomaas Valley, Ixopo. He said reports indicate that the driver of a fully loaded bus, lost control, resulting in a roll-over. Herbst added that medics assessed the scene and found that 58 people had been injured.
“Ten people sustained critical injuries, twenty-six were seriously injured and twenty-two people had sustained minor to moderate injuries. All the injured were treated on scene and once stabilised were transported by various ambulance services to hospital,” he said, adding that the circumstances leading up to the crash will be investigated by the relevant authorities.
Last week, 10 people were killed in a bus crash on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg. It is alleged that an Eldos Coaches bus suffered a tyre blow out, causing the driver to lose control and overturn.
Eldos Coaches has since set up services to help injured passengers or those who lost loved ones in the crash.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has raised concerns around the anxiety these crash cause, especially as many use long distance buses to travel home during the festive season.
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to work with all stakeholders and road users in ensuring our roads are safe, and those using them behave responsibly," he said.
Sources: Shawn Herbst, media liaison officer, Netcare 911, IOL, News 24