52 people killed in South Africa bus accident

Friday, May 2, 2003

SAULSPOORT DAM, South Africa -- A bus packed with passengers headed to a May Day celebration plunged into a reservoir Thursday, killing at least 52 people on board, police said.

The bus was pulled ashore hours after it plunged into the reservoir near the town of Bethlehem with 90 people inside. Some bodies were found on the bus; others were pulled from the water.

Ten survivors were pulled from the water and were briefly hospitalized.

Several police mortuary vans ferried bodies from the scene. At least 52 bodies were recovered, police said.

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