A toddler was killed and two men critically injured when a bus carrying a rugby team, staff, supporters and family members fell down an embankment in the southern Cape after its brakes failed.
Thirty-four other passengers sustained injuries in the crash, which occurred in the Wilderness area on Saturday night.
ER24 spokesman Ross Campbell saidthat bus was found lying on its side on an embankment at an 80 degree angle after crashing through the deck of a private home.
“Unfortunately, a three-year-old infant was found with fatal injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival by Metro EMS. Two men in their 30s were found trapped in the vehicle and in critical condition,” Campbell said.
Campbell said it is believed that the bus back to Wittedrift in the Near Plettenberg, Bay was driving after a rugby match at Nelson Mandela University Saasveld, near George.
“They apparently had this road through the back country of Wilderness taken to connect to the N2 as the road from Saasveld is closed due to flood damage,” said Campbell.
The injured required extended life support and were admitted for further care rushed to George Provincial Hospital, Campbell said.< /p>
“Thirty-four men, women and children were also treated and transported to the hospital for minor injuries by all responders on the scene. The SA Police Service were also on hand to investigate further,” said Campbell.
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