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Bus crash: 50 injured moved to Gauteng hospitals

Ten ANC supporters were killed & several others injured following a fatal crash in the Free State yesterday.

The overturned bus from the accident that reportedly killed 10 people in the Free State. Picture: Twitter @Netcare911_sa.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport officials say 50 African National Congress (ANC) supporters, who were injured during yesterday's fatal bus crash in the Free State, are being transported to hospitals in Gauteng.

Ten people from Ekurhuleni died when the bus they were travelling in back from the ANC's election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth went off the road on the N1 near Winburg.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has launched an investigation.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters' spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says, "There's an arrangement together with the municipality of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng Department of Health to move all those who have minor injuries from Free State to Gauteng so that they can be observed in the area of their residence."

Yesterday, the RTMC sent its accident reconstruction experts to the scene of the crash to determine how the bus veered off the road and overturned.

It's believed the driver lost control of the vehicle, with the Free State Health Department saying it suspects driver fatigue was involved.

WELL WISHES, CONDOLENCES

Political parties and members of the ANC have sent messages of well wishes to those involved in the crash.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has wished a speedy recovery to more than 50 people who sustained injuries.

"A speedy recovery and that they'll be able to get out of hospital soon," he said.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe, who is a resident in the City of Ekurhuleni, says she is saddened by the accident.

"[My] condolences to the friends and families of those who've lost their loved ones. I'm actually sad because I'm an Ekurhuleni resident myself."

INFORMATION CENTRE

The City of Ekurhuleni has set up a joint operations centre to help the families of ANC volunteers involved in the crash.

City authorities say the operations centre will provide up-to-date information about the status of patients who are still hospitalised in Welkom, Winburg and Kroonstad.

Spokesperson Themba Gadebe says families are free to visit the centre at any time.

"The number they can call if they're not able to go there personally is 011 999 3796."

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