A driver committed suicide after the bus he drove had skidded off the road and overturned killing seven people near Welkom on Monday morning.
The Intercape long-distance passenger bus was on its way from Durban to Upington via Bloemfontein, when the driver lost control of the vehicle that then rolled over.
“Seven people died at the scene and the eighth one, alleged to be the bus driver was found hanging from a tree not far from the scene,” police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said.
At least 45 passengers were affected by the crash. They were all taken to various Welkom hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe.
The police are looking into the matter.