Fifteen die in tragic bus accident

2017-04-19 06:00
Officials inspect the bus wreckage in which 15 peoples lost their lives last Saturday. Emergency services were in action providing the essential medical services – EMRS, RTI, Alert and more.

Officials inspect the bus wreckage in which 15 peoples lost their lives last Saturday. Emergency services were in action providing the essential medical services – EMRS, RTI, Alert and more.

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FIFTEEN people lost their lives in a horrific and tragic bus accident on the Ntunjambili road last Saturday when the driver lost control as the brakes of the vehicle failed on a steep hill.

The bus overturned and rolled about 100 metres before coming to rest, upside down against a tree.

The crash occurred at 11am as the bus was transporting passengers from Bulwer to a traditional family wedding ceremony.

Thirteen passengers died on the scene and another two died in hospital. It is reported that five members of one family were among those killed and a three-year-old child. Mr Mngadi, father of the groom lost his wife and two other family members.

ER 24 spokesperson Andrew Rodgers said eight occupants, including the driver, had suffered critical injuries and 10 passengers had serious injuries including head injuries suffered when the bus overturned and rolled – some had been ejected from the bus.

After being stabilised by the emergency medical personnel at the scene the patients were taken to the nearby Ntunjambili hospital and then transferred to Pietermaritzburg, Stanger and Durban hospitals.

Family members of the deceased were called the Greytown Mortuary to identify the bodies. MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda met with the families in Greytown to express his condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones.

Kaunda said he was deeply disappointed that such an accident had occurred after they had been working for weeks to avoid such disasters. A case of culpable homicide has been opened against the driver as well as a charge of driving with an expired licence. It is reported the driver, who had received his licence in 2009, had not renewed it. Preliminary investigations showed that the Durban registered bus was roadworthy, but did not have a permit.

MEC Kaunda has called for a week of mourning following the high rate of deaths in KZN over the weekend and has asked “everyone to dedicate a few minutes of prayer to end the carnage on our roads”.

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