An 8 – year old girl is the only sole survivor of a horrific bus crash


By Kabelo Abel Mokgalabone

GA – MMAMATLAKALA: An 8-year-old girl is the sole survivor in a horrific bus crash on the R518 road at Ga – Mmatlakala mountain between Marken and Mokopane.

The bus was travelling from Gaborone in Botswana to ZCC Church St Enganes Moria in Boyne when it crashed at 11: 00 on Thursday morning.

Emergency personnel services have counted about 45 lifeless bodies on the scene, with only one survivor that was transported to the hospital.

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has visited the crash scene of the bus accident

The MEC attended the accident scene, along the R518, at the Mma Matlakala Bridge – between Marken and Mokopane, together with the Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, on Thursday, 28 March 2024.

The two were scheduled to conduct a Road Safety Operation at the Kranskop Toll Plaza when they received the devastating news of this horrible accident.

The bus had a total of 46 people on board, including the Driver. It has a Botswana registration number, and a process to confirm the citizenship of the victims will only commence after the foreign missions of both South Africa and Botswana have verified their citizenships.

According to reports, the driver lost control, and the bus fell onto a rocky surface, some 50 metres under the bridge and caught fire.

Rescue operations continued until the late hours of Thursday evening, as some bodies were burned beyond recognition, others trapped inside the debris and others scattered on the scene.

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