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30 feared killed in South Africa bus plunge

world Updated: May 27, 2008 19:28 IST
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At least 30 people were believed to have died when their bus plunged from an embankment into a gorge in southern South Africa, emergency services told SAPA news agency on Tuesday.

The accident occurred in KwaZulu-Natal province on Tuesday morning and a large rescue operation was underway to retrieve around 30 people still trapped inside the bus, which was believed to be carrying around 80 people, SAPA reported.

Some of the injured were being treated at the scene, where extra medical personnel were being flown in by an army helicopter.

National radio reported the bus skidded off an embankment and plummeted 150 metres into the river in the remote area of steep cliff roads and wooded ravines.