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45 killed as bus crying pilgrims plunges into gorge in South Africa

Eight-year-old girl survives


 |  Kathmandu


Forty-five people have died in South Africa after the bus they were traveling in plunged some 50 meters off a bridge into a ravine, BBC reported.

An eight-year-old girl, the only survivor, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

The bus crashed through a barrier and caught fire when it hit the ground in the north-eastern Limpopo province.

The passengers were pilgrims travelling from Botswana's capital Gaborone to an Easter service in the town of Moria.

According to South African public broadcaster SABC, the vehicle lost control and went off a bridge on the Mmamatlakala mountain pass between Mokopane and Marken, around 300km north of Johannesburg.

Rescue operations went on late into Thursday evening, with some of those killed reportedly hard to reach amid the debris.

South Africa has a poor road safety record.


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