The bus reportedly overturned on the gravel road between Tafalofefe and Butterworth on Monday morning.
Transport department spokesperson Unathi Binqose told DispatchLIVE that “details as to how many have died and were injured are still sketchy”.
ImiNgcangathelo traditional leader Nkosi Phathuxolo Tyali, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene, said: “We are busy rescuing others … Our focus is to assist those who are injured. This is a tragedy.”
Health spokesperson Siziwe Kupelo confirmed the accident, and described how passengers had been flung from the rolling bus, while others were trapped under it when it finally came to a halt.