Death on Busses in Germany and South Africa today

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Trains and planes have not yet completely replaced long-distance bus travel. Two deadly accidents, one in South Africa, the other in Germany demonstrates it may not be the safest mode of passenger transportation.

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In April 2022, 36 members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) died in a bus crash when traveling to Moria, the largest Easter Christian gathering in South Africa.

Today, almost three years later, 45 pilgrims died when they traveled on a bus from Gaborone, the capital city of neighboring Botswana, to Moria.

An eight-year-old girl survived when the vehicle lost control and went off a bridge on the Mmamatlakala mountain pass between Mokopane and Marken, around 300km (190 miles) north of Johannesburg.

The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) is one of the largest African-initiated churches operating across Southern Africa and is part of the African Zionism movement. The church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo Province (old Northern Transvaal), South Africa.

Also, today in Germany, in an unrelated bus accident, four people died when a Flixbus crashed on the A9 freeway.

The bus was operated by the Hamburg-based bus company Umbrella Coach & Buses GmbH and owned by Umbrella Mobility, a Czech company.

Flix is a global provider of transportation services that has revolutionized travel since 2013. Operating under FlixBus and FlixTrain, it quickly became a market leader and established Europe’s largest long-distance bus network.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • In April 2022, 36 members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) died in a bus crash when traveling to Moria, the largest Easter Christian gathering in South Africa.
  • Also, today in Germany, in an unrelated bus accident, four people died when a Flixbus crashed on the A9 freeway.
  • An eight-year-old girl survived when the vehicle lost control and went off a bridge on the Mmamatlakala mountain pass between Mokopane and Marken, around 300km (190 miles) north of Johannesburg.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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