Six people were burned beyond recognition when a Putco bus caught fire on May 21, 2021, and more than 50 people were taken to the hospital for medical examinations. The bus was traveling from Marabastad, Tshwane, to Tweefontein, Mpumalanga when it caught fire at about 2 p.m. just after the Roodeplaat dam on the R357 Moloto Road. The commuters allegedly cautioned the driver, but he said it was a common occurrence. By the time he stooped the bus, the fire had grown.
14 commuters had already been transported to a private hospital before emergency firefighters arrived on the scene. One commuter was taken to the hospital because she was in serious condition; 11 commuters sustained minor injuries, and two commuters sustained moderate injuries.
- On February 25, 2019, a Putco bus, an SBV armoured van, and a Toyota Avanza collided on the R573 Moloto Road in Kameeldrift, near Pretoria, killing six people.
- On November 12, 2013, a Putco bus collided with a truck, killing 29 people and injuring 11 others.
- Putco buses collided head-on on the Moloto Road in 2015, killing one of the drivers.
There have been additional accidents on Moloto Road that have not involved Putco buses. Is it safe to take Putco buses to and from work Monday through Friday? Due to an increase in the frequency of incidents on Moloto Road, former Transport Minister Blade Nzimande declared in 2019 that it will be upgraded.
If you have used Putco or Moloto Road or both which is more dangerous?
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