The number of people who died after the bus they were travelling in overturned on the N6 between Jamestown and Komani in the Eastern Cape has risen to eight.

The crash occurred after a mini-bus from the provincial health department, that was transporting patients from Sterkspruit to East London’s Frere Hospital, overturned.

Five people including the driver and a child were killed instantly.

Two other people died later at the Frontier Hospital.

Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says the families of the deceased will identify the bodies of their loved ones on Thursday afternoon.

He says the families will visit the mortuaries for identification of the deceased persons.

He also says psychological treatment has been arranged for those affected.

“The department will also assist in ensuring the deceased will receive a dignified funeral that will be coordinated via the Road Accident Fund,” adds Kupelo.