Runaway bus kills hawker

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A street hawker was killed after she was hit by a bus in Durban yesterday.

The bus hit a pole in the Warwick Avenue market area during the morning peak hour traffic and ploughed into hawkers on the pavement.

An eye-witness, Joyce Reddy, said the bus was moving at a high speed. "I then saw the bus hit the hawkers."

Metro police spokesman Senior Superintendent Thozamile Tyala said a street hawker was certified dead at the scene.

"Three others were taken to nearby hospitals in a critical condition. It appears that the driver lost control of the bus, which hit the electricity pole and camera before colliding with the hawkers," he said.

"If people stuck to the normal rules of the road we would be able to avoid such terrible accidents.

"Drivers should learn that speeding does not pay but instead takes people's lives," Tyala said.

In a separate accident, an eight-year-old girl is in a serious condition in hospital after she was knocked down by a school bus while crossing the street near her school at Verulam, north of Durban.

Meanwhile, the busy N11 that links Ladysmith and Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal was closed for hours yesterday after a petrol tanker overturned.