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Collision kills 29 on Moloto road

902 A crime scene expert takes pictures of the scene on 7th street in Linden where 3 men tried to hijack a woman after a chase with the police that started in Robindale. 190208. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

902 A crime scene expert takes pictures of the scene on 7th street in Linden where 3 men tried to hijack a woman after a chase with the police that started in Robindale. 190208. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Published Nov 12, 2013

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Johannesburg - A bus collision late on Monday killed 29 people and severely injured 11 others, on a road notorious for deadly accidents, a government spokesman said.

“The number is now 29,” said Mpumalanga safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza, updating an earlier tally of 26 dead.

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The bus collided with a truck near Kwaggafontein, 100km east of Pretoria.

Three of the injured had died in hospital, while eight others were still critical and another 12 were slightly hurt.

The bus was travelling from Pretoria when it collided with a truck which had swerved out of its lane, said Mabuza.

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“The truck driver was trying to avoid a stationary vehicle and collided with the oncoming bus,” he told reporters.

“We are not sure if the truck driver and the bus driver survived the accident,” he added.

The injured were taken to hospital in nearby KwaMhlangu.

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The bus company's name was not immediately available.

Known as the Moloto road for one of the towns along its way, the route is notorious for deadly collisions.

Around 50 000 people commute to work in Pretoria daily along the narrow and potholed route, using 635 buses.

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Last month, 18 people were injured in a collision on the route.

Last year, religious leaders held a prayer service for the safety of the road. A radio station also dedicated a day to profile its dangers during which a provincial minister committed to improve conditions. - Sapa-AFP

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