Bus, armoured truck collision kills 20 in South Africa

 A head-on colli­sion between a tour bus and a cash-in-transit truck left 20 people dead and left at least 60 oth­ers injured late on Monday on a major road in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province.

Police divers were search­ing a river that runs along the highway “for people who might have been swept away”, the regional trans­port department said in a statement on Tuesday.

After the crash, the tour bus rolled from a bridge on the N1 freeway into a river below, said ER24, an emer­gency medical care company whose paramedics were on the scene.

“Three people were found deceased by the roadside and 16 down by the river – all were declared dead on arrival,” ER24 said in a statement.

“One patient, of the 69 passengers confirmed to have been transported to hospital for various injuries, has since died,” it said.

It was not immediately clear how many people the tour bus was carrying.

ER24 said police were in­vestigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The cause of the acci­dent is under investigation, but heavy rains have been drenching the region in recent days, a spokesman for the regional transport de­partment, Tidimalo Chuene, told AFP. — News Agencies

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