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S. Africa bus plunge: dozens die

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Up to 80 people are feared dead after a bus driver taking union members to a May Day rally drove into a reservoir after losing his way, reports say.

Five bodies have been retrieved from the water and 10 other passengers taken to hospital.

About 90 people from the Confederation of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) from Northern Cape province were being driven to a May Day demonstration Thursday, national news agency SAPA was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The driver lost his way near Bethlehem, Eastern Free State, and ended up driving along a gravel road, which led to a dam.

Police Senior Superintendent Sam Sesing said rescuers were trying to reach people trapped in the bus under water.

Police spokeswoman Mary Martins-Engelbrecht said she was still waiting for confirmation of the circumstances of the accident and the number of dead.

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