Bus accident investigated

2015-09-22 06:00
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An investigation into the cause of an accident involving a Golden Arrow Bus on the R300 has been opened.

On Wednesday morning, the bus was on route to the Arscape via the N2 when it knocked down a pedestiran.

The incident occured on the bridge between the Stock Road /AZ Berman Drive on ramp and the N2 off ramp.

The man had been killed in the collission.

There were no other injuries.

Golden Arrow Bus services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke, says due processes are being folowed.

“It is standard company procedure to suspend a driver immediately whenever a serious incident occurs; this is not indicative of blameworthiness but rather to give the company time to investigate and to give the driver time to recover.

“In this case, the driver was in a severe state of shock and was immediately debriefed by our internal social worker and then referred to a doctor for assessment,” she says.

Dyke also confirms the company are working closely with the police in the investigation.

“It is standard company policy to investigate every serious incident - we also work closely with the South African Police Services, providing them with any information that they may need,” she explains.

According to several witness accounts on social media platforms, the man had committed suicide by throwing himself under the bus.

Dyke confirms they too have received this communication.

“According to witnesses the deceased was leaning against a barrier at the roadside prior to the incident and then stepped into the path of the incoming bus as it approached. There was no way the driver could have done anything to prevent what happened,” she says.

The investigation continues.

Golden Arrow Bus Services would like to offer their most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased.

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Witnesses and others with information on the incident can call the Golden Arrow Philippi depot on 021 370 3400

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