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Bus-Truck Crash on South African ‘Road of Death’ Kills 29

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- At least 29 people were killed and about 30 were injured when a truck slammed into a bus late yesterday on South Africa’s so-called “Road of Death.”

The accident occurred on the Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga province, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Johannesburg, the government said in an e-mailed statement. The bus belonged to Johannesburg-based Putco Ltd., the South African Press Association reported, citing company spokesman Romeo More. More didn’t immediately respond to a voice message and an e-mail seeking comment.

“This carnage must stop,” President Jacob Zuma said in an e-mailed statement. “The fact that this particular road has gained notoriety in the deaths of our people means there’s something wrong that we need to address together.”

More than 10,000 people die each year on South Africa’s roads. Traffic accidents cost Africa’s biggest economy 306 billion rand ($29 billion) annually, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told Parliament in September.

Political parties called for an investigation into the latest crash. It was the worst accident since Sept. 5, when 24 people died and 32 were injured after a truck hit four minibus taxis and a car near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal province, about 340 miles southeast of Johannesburg. The truck driver is facing murder charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rene Vollgraaff in Johannesburg at rvollgraaff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

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