Foreigners killed in bus crash

A bus carrying British tourists crashed in north-east South Africa on Thursday, killing three students and injuring 19 other people on the eve of the continent's first World Cup, police said.

The tourists did not appear to be in South Africa for the the tournament as they had tickets to leave by air on Friday, provincial police spokesperson Leonard Shlati said.

"The bus overturned on a windy road at a bend," he told reporters.

Two 19-year-old women died at the scene of the accident and a third young Briton died later in hospital, the British High Commission said in a statement.

It said the bus had 22 people on board when it crashed, 18 British students, their two lecturers, the Zimbabwean driver and a South African tour guide.

The injured were being treated in a hospital in Nelspruit, 400km east of Johannesburg. The accident occurred at about 10.30am, near the town of Barberton, police said. - Reuters

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