Double-decker bus crash kills 24 in South Africa
AFPCAPE TOWN -- Twenty-four people were killed in South Africa on Friday when a double-decker bus carrying a church group crashed in a mountainous pass near Cape Town.
March 17, 2013, 12:31 am TWN
Rescue teams had to use a crane to lift the bus and cut away bodywork to extract victims trapped in the overturned wreckage in the Hex River pass.
“Twenty-three died on the scene and one person on the way to hospital,” said Faiza Steyn, Western Cape health spokeswoman.
Two of the dead were children. Forty-five injured people were taken to hospital.
The bus veered off the road 140 kilometers (87 miles) from Cape Town and landed on its side, said provincial traffic services head Kenny Africa.
Braking problems appeared to have caused the accident.