SA Roadlink passenger killed in freak accident

2009-12-12 00:00

A LOCAL business manager was killed on the N3 near the Midmar and Howick turn-off yesterday afternoon in an accident involving a SA Roadlink bus.

Brian Govender, a passenger on the bus, died of head injuries after the flap of the luggage compartment of the bus hit him on the head.

Govender (39) boarded the bus in town for Johannesburg.

On the N3, the bus stalled and the driver parked on the road side to check what the problem was.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare911 said that as the driver and passengers were unloading the luggage compartment, Govender was bending to pick up a bag. A truck going in the same direction hit the flap of the compartment. The flap hit Govender on the head and he died instantly.

SA Roadlink spokeswoman C.J. Benjamin said the company is shocked by Govender’s death.

“The driver wanted to find out what the problem with the bus was and had to unload the luggage compartment. Govender, out of his good heart, offered to assist. We will contact his family and we can also be at his funeral if we are permitted,” Benjamin said.

Asked what the problem with the bus was, she said at this stage it is not known.

“We had to send another coach to transport the passengers. Only our engineers will be able to tell what the problem with the bus was. We also sent a tow-truck to pull it to the workshop and it will not be removed until whatever the problem is, is dealt with,” she said.

KZN Transport spokesman Bhekisisa Mncube said the bus company has no season for killing people.

“The antics of SA Roadlink know no season. There is simply no relationship between its so-called bus service and comfort, safety and arrive alive,” Mncube said.

Police said a case of culpable homicide is under investigation.

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