Two buses were involved in a head-on crash near the Johannesburg Zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 24, killing a woman who was six months pregnant, a bus driver and injuring 65 others. The Public News Hub reports 15 of those injured are in critical condition.
The woman’s father frantically called a local radio station, CapeTalk, to ask about his daughter after hearing about the crash. A radio station employee had to break the news of his daughter’s death to him.
Radio host Redi Tlhabi tweeted, “Man frantically phoning show looking for pregnant daughter. Turns out she was victim of metro bus crash. So much pain. Unbearable.”
A witness told Talk Radio 702, "It's horrifying. I can tell you that and there were screams, people crying all over… Some paramedics are still trying to administer help. Others are being transported out.”
Metro Police spokeswoman, Superintendent Edna Mamonyane, told The Public News Hub, “One of the buses was seemingly speeding along a curve.”
Johannesburg Transport spokesman Nico de Jager said the bus hit a barricade and swerved, hitting a double-decker bus. The woman who died, who has not been identified, was sitting on the upper level of the bus. The bus driving south was speeding, roads were still very wet, these buses aren’t old, definitely driver error,” de Jaeger said.
The crash remains under investigation.
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