Autopsies of bus victims done

2012-06-28 22:26
The autopsies of 19 people who were killed in a bus accident in Meyerton have been completed, the Gauteng health department says. (File, Sapa)

The autopsies of 19 people who were killed in a bus accident in Meyerton have been completed, the Gauteng health department says. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The autopsies of 19 people who were killed in a bus accident in Meyerton have been completed, the Gauteng health department said on Thursday.

"I would like to thank pathologists for the job well done, for the excellent manner in managing this tragic incident as well as for completing the autopsies quickly," health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said in a statement.

On Monday, the driver of a Putco bus lost control of the vehicle on the R59 en route to Meyerton. It crashed through a bridge railing before plummeting ten metres to the ground, landing on its side.

Nineteen people were killed and 55 were injured.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane said families of the deceased could collect the autopsy reports from the investigating officers dealing with the case.

Families were also advised that property recovered from the deceased had been moved from Diepkloof to Sebokeng mortuary and were now ready for collection.

Three of the injured remained in critical condition at Sebokeng Hospital, while seven others were stable. At Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one of the injured remained in the intensive care unit and another was in a stable condition.

"The department sympathises with families who lost their loved ones, and wishes those in hospital a speedy recovery," Zwane said.

- SAPA
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