At least 26 dead in bus crash in South Africa


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At least 26 people have died and 11 others are seriously injured in a bus crash in South Africa, 60 miles east of the capital Pretoria.

The vehicle collided with a truck near the town of Kwaggafontein on a road notorious for its potholes. The bus is thought to have been travelling from Pretoria when it collided with a truck which had swerved out of its lane, safety official Joseph Mabuza said. "We are not sure if the truck driver and the bus driver survived the accident," he added. The injured were taken to hospital in nearby KwaMhlangu.

Known as the Moloto Road, named after one of the towns along its way, the route is notorious for deadly collisions.

It is one of a number of fatal transport accidents the last year. In September 27 people died when a heavy-duty truck crashed into traffic near eastern city Durban, while 24 were killed when a double-decker bus crashed into a mountainous pass near Cape Town in March.