According to Xinhua, at least three Chinese tourists were killed and an unidentified number of others injured when their bus collided with a van near Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon (October 8), the Chinese Embassy in South Africa confirmed.
The accident occurred when a bus transporting 20 Chinese tourists and a Chinese tour guide, were returning to Johannesburg from its north-western tourist attraction in Sun City when the bus hit the van head-on, according to the Walk Through Africa Tours (WTAT), a travel agency which arranged the tour.
The WTAT manager said the Beijing-departed tour group landed in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning (October 8) and was scheduled to remain for six days.
According to information gathered at the scene, at least three Chinese tourists were killed in the accident, two on the spot and one when transferred to Johannesburg by a rescue helicopter, said a Chinese official assisting the rescue.
COMMENT: Other passengers suffered from injuries at various levels with at least three Chinese sustaining severe injures.
Those Chinese severely injured were sent back to Johannesburg by helicopter, while some others were sent to nearby BRITS hospitals, said Pan Peng, counselor of the Chinese Embassy to South Africa.
In the interest of getting the facts correct, my suggestion is that we wait until fault is determined by police before speculating on which vehicle was deemed responsible.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.