Notorious N8 claims another life

The damaged Interstate bus which was involved in an accident with a private vehicle near Botshabelo. PHOTO: MATSEKO RAMOTEKOA

Only a few hours after the seven victims of the recent bus crash were buried on Saturday 15 July, an accident between a bus and a private vehicle on the notorious N8 road claimed yet another life.

The horrific accident happened at around 20:30 on the stretch of road next to the Botshabelo graveyard, just metres away from the spot where all the crash victims were laid to rest.

Selosesha Cluster Unit spokesperson, Sergeant Martin Xuma, confirmed the incident and said the police learned that the vehicle involved in the accident was coming from the direction of Botshabelo.

The driver of the vehicle, who didn’t survive the accident, allegedly tried to overtake a few vehicles before crashing into the Interstate bus. Xuma said as the driver overtook, he collided head-on with the bus which was coming from the direction of Thaba ‘Nchu. A witness called the police and paramedics from the scene.

The wreckage of the private vehicle whose driver allegedly lost control and collided with an Interstate bus near Botshabelo. PHOTO: MATSEKO RAMOTEKOA

“Six passengers in the bus were injured and taken to a local hospital. Some of the passengers were treated and stabilised on the scene before they were taken to hospital,” said Xuma.

According to him the driver of the vehicle, who died on the scene, was from Section C in Botshabelo. “However, because we are waiting for his next of kin to identify him positively, we cannot release his name yet. His remains were taken to the government mortuary and a post mortem will be done,” Xuma said.

Interstate Bus Lines Public Relations Officer, Thando Lepele, said they are aware of the accident. She said the company is saddened by the events, as the other families were still mourning their loved ones who died about two weeks ago.

“We are aware of the accident, and once more, we would like to send our condolences to the relatives of the deceased,” said Lepele. – Matseko Ramotekoa/Courant News