[TZANEEN] 81 involved in bus collision along R71

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At least 83 people were involved in a collision between an articulated bus, bakkie and SUV along the R71 (Phalaborwa-Giyani) road between Letsitele and Gravelotte in Limpopo this morning.

Shortly after 5.30am, paramedics from ER24 and various rescue services, including disaster management, arrived on the scene. Multiple patients were found sitting and lying near the bus. A bakkie was found wedged completely under the front of the bus and a third vehicle was found a few meters away.

Paramedics established an incident command system and triaged the various patients on scene. 80 people were found with minor injuries on the scene. One person was found with a severe injury to his hand.

Paramedics were able to visualise an occupant trapped in the bakkie under the bus but are unable to gain access to the victim. Heavy duty rescue services were called to the scene to lift the bus from the bakkie. Due to the mechanism it is believed that the occupant has succumbed to their injuries. Further assessments will be conducted once the bus has been lifted from the bakkie.

It is believed that the bus was on its way from Ellisras to Phalaborwa when the collision occurred. The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known. Various local authorities are on the scene.

The injured occupants were transported to Maphutha Malatji and Lethaba Hospitals.

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