Passengers travelling in one of South Africa’s luxury long-distance coaches had a near-death experience when the bus caught alight on Women’s Day, 9 August.
BUS CAUSES NEAR-DEATH DISASTER
The Eastern Cape Department of Transport reported this Women’s Day miracle near Komani.
The department reported that the incident happened in the early hours of the morning on the R61 between Tarkastad and Komani.
Fortunately, all the passengers that were travelling in the burnt-out bus escaped unscathed when it caught fire.
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“The bus had a mechanical breakdown, passengers got off, and offloaded their luggage as if they knew what was about to happen.EC Department of Transport
Moments later, the bus caught fire and quickly engulfed the bus burning it out completely”.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTS TO THE INCIDENT
Social media users reacted to the incident.
Amanda Matomela said: “Thank you Lord they all managed to escape uninjured”.
Anz Itumeleng said: “An entire bus. Thanks God all passengers are unharmed”.
Zimi Malotana said: “I even have videos of this bus burning”.
Anton-Corene van Deventer said: “My business used to repair some of their fleets but they only want to patch their buses”.
Much speculation has been made about the name of the bus which has been withheld by The South African until the information is verified.
NOT SO NEAR-DEATH BUT ALARMING
This incident follows the burning out of another long-distance bus last month in KwaZulu-Natal.
On Friday, 1 July, one of Nozulu Lux Liner coaches caught alight in Durban.
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The white double-decker with the company’s name on the side was captured on camera ablaze from the rear end of the bus. According to circulating reports, the coach caught fire on Cato Street, causing traffic to be diverted as eThekwini Fire Department tried to extinguish the flames.
To date the cause is unknown but speculation was it had mechanical issues.
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