Tuesday, 30 June 2020 07:04

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The number of people who have died following a bus crash on the R532 road between Graskop and Ohrigstad in Mpumalanga has risen to nine.

Two more people have died in hospital.

Earlier it was reported that seven people died on the scene and over 40 were rushed to two hospitals.

According to the Department of Community Safety, the truck that had been converted into a bus – overturned while transporting farm workers to another farm in Ohrigstad in Limpopo.

Spokesperson for the Department Moeti Mmusi said over 30 people have been discharged from hospital. Mmusi said investigations to determine the cause of the crash are continuing.

Investigations are under way into the cause of a bus crash.

Meanwhile the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has expressed concern over reckless behaviour by SA's drivers.

It is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle as it was going through a mountain pass and overturned on the shoulder of the road. Seven people died on the scene and another died later in hospital.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said a team from the corporation, the transport department's agency responsible for road safety, will be working with other law enforcement authorities to investigate the cause of the crash.