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South Africa bus crash kills 11, injures 35

The bus travelling from rural Eastern Cape to Cape Town was carrying about 50 people when it crashed.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 16:54 IST
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At least 11 people were killed in South Africa when a bus left the road and crashed in a storm, the latest in a series of accidents to strike the country's bus companies, local media said on Wednesday.

Police said the long-distance bus travelling from the rural Eastern Cape to Cape Town was carrying about 50 people when it crashed and rolled outside the town of Aberdeen, a news agency reported.

"Thereix females, four males and one child killed," a police inspector informed. "About 30 passengers were slightly injured, but five are in a serious condition. The driver was not hurt."

In separate incidents in Johannesburg, a company bus carrying about 40 people crashed, slightly injuring more than 30, and at least 12 people were hurt when a double-decker bus collided with a taxi and rammed a city centre office building.

South Africa's roads are among the most dangerous in the world and road accidents kill about 10,000 people every year, many in crashes involving buses or minibus taxis, which most South Africans rely on for transport.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 16:54 IST