Bus crash an unfortunate incident - govt

2013-03-15 16:28

Cape Town - Government sent its condolences on Friday to the families and friends of the 24 people killed in a Western Cape bus crash.

"This is an unfortunate incident. Drivers are urged to be vigilant on the road and obey all traffic laws," said acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams.

The speedy intervention of emergency teams was commended.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said the bus was on its way to Cape Town on Friday morning, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the N1 on the Hex River Pass, near De Doorns.

According to ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson, the double-decker bus was crushed up against the side of the mountain along the pass.

Provincial health department spokesperson Faiza Steyn said two of the 24 who died were children.

Eight people were critically injured, three of them children; 14 were seriously injured; and 44 others sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) also sent its condolences to the families of those who had died.

"This is a terrible tragedy. We urge people to be extra cautious when it is raining and to follow all the rules of the road," IFP spokesman Petros Sithole said.

"The traffic cops and police should investigate whether the bus was overloaded and if so, we would expect the necessary criminal charges to be laid against the bus driver."

  • Nadia Hassen Dollie - 2013-03-15 16:36

    the driver is amongst the dead!!! you want them to charge a dead man? ai why must political parties get involved only to make a fool of themselves.

      Mercia Taylor - 2013-03-15 16:50

      how do they charge a dead man, o my what a world we living in, i'm sorry for the family but did they really found out what happenend, with our roads in a state anything could go wrong.

      Elmarie Kotze - 2013-03-15 18:38

      You have no idea! A family (brother-in-law) member passed away in an accident and they actually opened a case of manslaughter against him. AND it was only him involved in the accident. Talk about stupid. Apparently it's called 'procedure'.

  • Eddie Botha - 2013-03-15 16:40

    Why not naming the bus company and where it was coming from. Did it carry overseas visitors. That cannot be so difficult to ascertain. Losing control of such a vehicle is more than an unfortunate incident.... it's is either because of speeding, a faulty bus, incompetent driving, falling asleep or...

      Marietjie Martin - 2013-03-15 16:54

      Bus service is Atlantic sumthing saw on multimedia on one of the pics.

  • Clive Paterson - 2013-03-15 16:41

    24 people killed in Hex River Pass. Government says it is unfortunate. More like tragic or sad. Do these people get paid to be so unfeeling?

  • christina.setloboko - 2013-03-15 16:41

    just so sad, condolences to the families and friends.

  • Clive Paterson - 2013-03-15 16:41

    24 people killed in Hex River Pass. Government says it is unfortunate. More like tragic or sad. Do these people get paid to be so unfeeling?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-15 23:19

      They lack education - and a thesaurus. Everything is 'regrettable', 'unfortunate', 'embarrassing'. So on the face of it, I agree. Poor words to use for such an outrageous travesty.

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-03-15 16:47

    How many more 'unfortunate' events like this have to happen before the government looks to itself to prevent these 'unfortunate' events from happening!!!

      Elizabeth Bothma - 2013-03-15 17:02

      As much as what I think we have a useless Government I don't quite see how the Government could have prevented this from happening?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-15 20:56

      Ah but the govt is responsible for ensuring the road-worthiness and driver certification. All over the country people are crying out for a decent, viable transport system. The West has been particularly successful at this, so have parts of the East. Why oh why are we still here in 2013 asking and seeing people get killed and maimed. And on that issue, everyone tut-tuts about the deaths, those who are maimed - destined to suffer for the rest of their lives due to their injuries - they do not receive a high enough profile. The consequences to them and their families can be gargantuan

  • Fitwell Abraham Ndaba - 2013-03-15 16:58

    No name because you know the owner is a politician

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-15 17:29

      or coz the owner is not SA Roadlink? Simply name the bus company please

  • Heinrich Saayman - 2013-03-15 17:11

    What a terrible thing to hear.My condolences goes to the heart broken families and friends.R I P.I would like to wish the rest a speedy recovery.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-15 17:21

      Dito. Amen!!!

  • skiapas - 2013-03-15 17:12

    ...the coach-/ bus drivers in south africa DO NOT use digital tachograph cards like their European counterparts- this records driving/ rest hours, over-speeding etc. etc... a lot of them moonlight in other occupations which you, as a passenger are not aware of- they might have come of a 8-hour shift before commencing their new shift- so next time take a good look at the driver to see if he-/ she is suffering from chronic fatigue.

  • Ben Breytenbach - 2013-03-15 17:32

    We urge people to be extra cautious when it is raining and to follow all the rules of the road," You can be as cautious as all get out. But driving on Mpumalanga's vrot roads CAUTION IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!! REPAIR OUR ROADS WITHOUT KEEPING US RANSOM FOR THE REPAIRS.

  • Erna Speed Glitterbug - 2013-03-15 17:34

    Let's assist News24 with their reporting skills! Its an Atlantis bus that crashed and a report from EW-EyeWitnessNews:- 22 killed in N1 bus crash Graeme Raubenheimer

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 17:35

    Unfortunate incident? What? It's a national tragedy!!! 24 people are dead! In other countries this would be seen as more than an "unfortunate incident".

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-03-15 18:00

    And the easter rush lays ahead like an ugly reality of more fatal accidents. Be safe and carefull drivers.

  • Alan Street - 2013-03-15 18:04

    Culpable homicide charge against the owners!

  • Erna Speed Glitterbug - 2013-03-15 18:12

    The owner of the Atlantic bus refer Google:-LCS Atlantic is the fleet marketing and operating arm of LCS, and was recently established after it was decided to take the long standing relationship between LCS and Atlantic Charters, a Cape Town based coach owner, to the next level. This agreement gives LCS Atlantic direct access and control to operate and market a fleet of 34 buses ranging from 14, 18, 21-28, 36-40, 44, 52, luxury

  • Keg - 2013-03-15 18:15

    So sad RIP

  • TheCrow - 2013-03-15 18:27

    And its unfortunate tht we have so many retards in government

  • Anisto Dadirai - 2013-03-15 19:25

    its so painful may their soul rest in peace

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-15 19:34

    This country is in shame when it comes to road accidents!!

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-15 20:03

    The spokesperson is Brain Dead.

  • Rorisang Moses Motaung - 2013-03-15 20:10

    The only thing i know' before u go down that pass. heavy vehicles must stop' n proceed down with a lower gear. not more than a speed of 50km/hour' but most buses dont do that they go down speeding on that pass if this bus was driving 50km/hour do u think so many people could have lost their lives i dont think so

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-15 23:10

    eish, not kewl. RIP, condolences to the families

  • Thamsanqa Macgesh Ngeshane - 2013-03-16 08:34

    I am disapointd at news 24 admin few hours ago i made a comment about hw w should stop blaming the goverment 4 every single thng that happens nd instead use social networks to discuss hw w as road users cud avoid accidents bt administration chose to delete my comment 4rm their wall its lyk thy take pleasure 4rm gettn neg comment directed to the Gov

  • JohnnyDee68 - 2013-03-16 08:35

    This spokesperson is, "unfortunately", a MORON!!!

  • Ellakita - 2013-03-16 11:46

    Too many unfortunate incidents in this country This accident is just tragic Very tragic

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-03-16 15:27

    SA lacks discipline ,Govt does not like this word ,it lacks discipline in all depts!!!!that's why this land belongs to those who know how to look after it properly,Bring back the sjambok!!!!!!

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