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Six people killed in bus and truck head-on collision on N8 near Botshabelo

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Six people have been killed in a head-on collision involving a bus and a truck on the notorious N8 stretch near Botshabelo on Thursday morning.

Free State Emergency Services spokesperson, Sipho Towa, says they are currently on the crash scene to rescue survivors.

Free State Police, Roads and Transport spokesperson, Hillary Mophethe, says the collision happened following an alleged attempt by the truck to overtake.

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Six people killed in bus and truck head-on collision on N8 near Botshabelo
It’s alleged that the truck attempted to overtake another vehicle leading to the crash. Photo: Facebook

Meanwhile, Interstate Bus Lines have released a media statement following the fatal bus crash,

10 November 2022 at around 06h50 Interstate Bus Lines has been made aware of a major bus accident on the N8 near Bloemfontein that involved one of our buses en route to the Bloemfontein and a third party vehicle. An investigation has been launched to get more information.

Read also: BMW in N8 Botshabelo fatal crash threw itself into the truck’s path, says witness

Says Mr George Mokgothu, CEO of Interstate Bus Lines: “We understand the urgency of the matter and have implemented our response plan, which places the highest priority on the health and safety of our passengers and our employees.

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We are in constant communication with our emergency response team, the authorities, medical teams and passengers at the site. Our hearts and prayers go out to those involved in this unfortunate accident. We commit to supplying additional information as and when it becomes available. We will do so by working closely with the media and the public”.

Please direct any information or questions that you might have to our Stakeholder Relations Manager, Vuyo Ondala on 051-4087016, SMS line 30606, ibl@interstate.co.za or WhatsApp line 0832977989

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