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Franschhoek Pass bus crash: More than two dozen recovering

It took authorities more than two hours to retrieve the wreckage of the vehicle.

The scene of the tragic bus crash on Franschhoek Pass where three people are confirmed dead. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

FRANSCHHOEK, Western Cape - More than two dozen people are recovering in hospital after a fatal bus crash in the Franschhoek Pass in the Western Cape.

It took authorities more than two hours to retrieve the wreckage of the vehicle which had veered off a cliff.

Club coach Archie Johnson says it will take a long time for the team to recover.

"It was an under 20 player and a senior player who died. It will affect the club because it will take time before we can move on after this tragedy."

Johnson has also extended his condolences to the third victim.

Western Cape emergency officials say the crash occurred after the driver swerved to avoid hitting two cyclists on the road.

26 people were rushed to various hospitals in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

Provincial EMS spokesman Darren Francis said, "It appears the cyclist cut corners and the bus had to swerve to miss him but it was obviously too late, the bus rolled, the bus came to land on its roof."