February 8, 2006

South Africa bus crash kills 11, injures 35

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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 traveling from the rural
Eastern Cape to Cape Town was carrying about 50 people when it
crashed and rolled outside the town of Aberdeen, the SAPA news
agency reported.

"There were six females, four males and one child killed,"
a police inspector told the news agency. "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 center 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.