8-year-old woman survives South Africa bridge bus crash that killed 45 | EUROtoday

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A transit accident in South Africa killed 45 individuals after a bus hit and plunged over the barrier of a bridge right into a ravine, the place it caught on fireplace, the nation’s transport division stated Thursday. The solely survivor was an 8-year-old woman, authorities stated.

Footage of the scene broadcast by native information channel eNCA exhibits a charred, mangled bus on the backside of a rocky ditch in a mountainous space close to Mokopane, South Africa. Journalist Heidi Giokos from the outlet posted aerial footage exhibiting the suspended part of the R518 highway. The bus fell about 50 meters after going over the barrier.

The explanation for the crash is underneath investigation, stated South Africa’s Transport Minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga.

“Some bodies were burned beyond recognition,” the Department of Transport and Community Safety of Limpopo stated in a assertion. Others have been trapped by particles, whereas some have been scattered across the rocky crash scene, the division added. The 8-year-old survivor was delivered to a hospital.

Another girl died after she was airlifted from the crash scene, Chikunga instructed eNCA.

The bus is believed to have been touring from Botswana to Moria, a city in South Africa’s northeastern Limpopo province, the South African Transportation Department stated in a assertion. The 46 passengers have been reportedly headed to an Easter weekend church service, based on Limpopo transportation officers.

“I am sending my heartfelt condolences to the families affected by the tragic bus crash,” Chikunga stated on the scene of the accident, based on an announcement from her division. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The minister urged “responsible driving at all times with heightened alertness” on condition that extra individuals are on the roads throughout Easter weekend. The minister had introduced the launch of an “Easter Road Safety Campaign” solely eight days prior, citing elevated hazard because of heavier site visitors and vacation festivities. The marketing campaign started with prayer classes at varied places the place accidents are widespread, the federal government stated.