Roadlink bus crash victim wins claim

2010-09-23 00:00

A CIVIL damages claim against SA Roadlink Passenger Services (Pty) Ltd in connection with a Roadlink bus crash on the N3 near Liberty Midlands Mall on December 24, 2006, was settled in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday without the amount being disclosed.

The settlement was reached after several witnesses had already testified in the trial, which started last year before Acting Judge Adrian Rall.

The bus company agreed to settle the matter without making any admission of liability, and the parties agreed that the details of the settlement would not be published.

Passenger Wellington Manana of Orlando East, Gauteng, represented by local attorney Afzal Akoo, initially sued the company for R1,2 million.

Manana, who was asleep when the bus crashed into a bridge, killing 12 passengers, suffered a traumatic head injury as well as other injuries.

It was alleged on his behalf at the trial that the collision was caused by the bus driver’s negligence. Among other allegations, the driver was said to be fatigued at the time of the crash, did not concentrate and/or fell asleep.

These allegations were denied by Roadlink and the driver, Charles Vaudin (37). Vaudin was acquitted of culpable homicide charges he faced in connection with the accident in a criminal trial in the regional court.

Giving evidence in the course of the civil suit, Manana’s wife, Marina, testified that her husband was hospitalised for two months after the accident and was thereafter “not able to function as before”.

She explained that since the crash her previously outgoing husband had become short-tempered, had no time for friends and easily forgot things.

He could not recall what had happened.

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