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Flood Water Sweeps Away Swazi Bus, 12 Feared Dead

Date: 21-Jan-05
Country: SWAZILAND

"The surviving passengers said they pleaded with the driver not to attempt to cross the river. They said he locked the doors to prevent their escape," Police Superintendent Vusi Masuku told Reuters.

The driver was among 10 people missing and presumed drowned after the accident late on Tuesday near Dvokolwako, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Mbabane, he added.

The badly bruised body of the bus conductor and that of a woman passenger had been retrieved from the flood waters by rescuers, assisted by soldiers and police divers.

The toll might have been higher but for a quick-thinking police officer travelling on the bus, who pulled several fellow passengers through a window to safety.

Reuters
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