Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:25

Traffic was severely interrupted on the N1 near the William Nicol off-ramp in Johannesburg when a passenger bus travelling from Cape Town to Zimbabwe caught fire. 

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the bus was still on fire at around 08:20 and that firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not clear. Video footage shows the bus and the luggage trailer engulfed in flames. 

"Traffic on the N1 North is being diverted from William Nicol on to Witkoppen, joining the N1 again at Rivonia Road," Minnaar said. 

At least 17 passengers have been left injured after a bus caught fire on the N1 North, authorities said.

Emer-G-Med confirmed that 17 people sustained injuries and were being taken to hospital. Fatalities could not be confirmed at this stage.