- A bus full of passengers caught on fire on the N1 early this morning
- Most of the passengers were women and children
- The bus was on its way to Zimbabwe when the tragedy struck
A bus carrying passengers burst into flames on the N1 Highway just after William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg. It was carrying 44 passengers and most of them were women and children.
According to reports, the bus was commuting from Cape Town to Zimbabwe. Some are speculating that a tyre burst, causing the fire. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.
According to TimesLive, Shawn Herbst of Netcare 911 said there were no fatalities as the passengers and crew managed to escape just before the entire bus was engulfed in flames.
Department of Transport spokesperson, Ayanda Allie Paine, was on the scene to assist the families.
Social media users shared videos and photos at the scene. Many were caught in the traffic that resulted from the accident. Twitter user ozozo3 shared a heartbreaking video showing the scene with the caption:
"Sad, woman crying - all her belongings burnt."
Speaking in the Shona, the woman said that she worked the entire year for the goods she was taking back home and now it was all lost.
"It was just chaotic on N1 North and South, William Nicol Dr this morning. I feel for those who have lost their belongings."
"Thank you to these volunteers who have been manning the intersections with traffic lights out on William Nicol & Mattie Ave and WN and Peter Place all week! Thuma mina #paythemJMPD"
"A bus travelling from Cape Town to Zimbabwe caught fire on the N1 near William Nicol in Johannesburg. Several patients transported from the vehicle."
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