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14 Killed in S. Africa Bus Crash

September 25, 1999

KOKSTAD, South Africa (AP) _ A bus went off a highway in foggy weather and crashed into a tree, killing 14 people and injuring about 20, police said today.

The accident was the latest in a series of bus crashes that the government has vowed to halt. In a three-day period this week, 31 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in three separate collisions involving buses.

Transportation Minister Dullah Omar plans to meet with bus company owners ``and try to see how best to stop these accidents,″ his spokesman Mike Mabasa was quoted as saying in the Star, a Johannesburg weekly.

The latest crash happened late Friday on a highway near Kokstad, a town in KwaZulu-Natal province in eastern South Africa, police said.

Earlier Friday, two buses, one carrying a school cross-country team, collided on a highway 155 miles south of Johannesburg, killing six people and injuring about 60.

On Wednesday, a bus and a truck crashed about 240 miles north of Cape Town, killing 11 people.

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