It was a gruesome scene in Pretoria on Friday morning as emergency services and law enforcement counted the number of bodies killed in a horrific bus and truck accident.
At least 15 people died and 37 were injured in the accident which happened on the M17 Hornsnek Road in Patryshoek, near Bundu Inn in Pretoria.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FIND MULTIPLE PATIENTS LYING AROUND
According to Tshwane emergency service spokesperson Charles Mabaso, when paramedics arrived at the scene at approximately 05:00 they found a bus and a truck had collided head-on.
“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found multiple patients lying around and some still trapped inside both vehicles,”
Tshwane firefighters, Gauteng Emergency Medical Service and private ambulance services immediately started with the treatment and extrication of the injured.
On the scene, paramedics declared 15 patients dead, while 37 were transported to Dr George Mukhari, Steve Biko, and Kalafong Hospitals.
“After further assessment of the 15 deceased, 10 were confirmed to be females and five males. Whereas 26 patients sustained minor to moderate injuries, four sustained moderate to critical injuries and seven suffered critical injuries,”
Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo together with City of Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport Dikeledi Selowa will this afternoon, 10 May 2022, visit victims of a fatal accident.
ROADS REMAIN CLOSED AFTER THE ACCIDENT
The M17 road remains closed between the N4 on-ramp and off-ramp and the K8, Rosslyn to allow the recovery of the deceased, the bus and truck as well as on-scene investigations.
The closure is anticipated to last more than 5 hours.
The MMC of community safety, Alderman Grandi Theunissen has taken note of the fatal accident.
He conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the injured people.
He further stated that as much as this is an accident, the MMC request all road users to always be cautious, drive with care and be patient with each other on the road.
As much as this is an accident, Theunissen pleaded with all road users to always be cautious and drive with care and patience with each other on the road.
The cause of the accident remains the subject of an investigation by law enforcement agencies.
Tshwane Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba advised motorists to avoid the road and use alternative roads.
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