Red flags over bus in horror crash

2013-03-18 10:48
The bodies of bus crash victims lay at the accident scene near De Doorns. (Jana Potgieter, Valleier)

The bodies of bus crash victims lay at the accident scene near De Doorns. (Jana Potgieter, Valleier)

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Church service for bus crash victims

2013-03-18 09:16

Hundreds of mourners gathered at a mass church service in Cape Town to pay their respects to the 24 victims of a bus crash near De Doorns. WATCH

Cape Town - The bus that crashed and killed 24 passengers in the Western Cape had several certification problems, the Cape Argus reported on Monday.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle told the newspaper that a preliminary investigation had established the bus's roadworthy certificate had not been renewed, as required by law.

The operating licence was issued on 25 December, a day on which the provincial regulatory entity's office had been closed.

Carlisle said this required closer investigation. Thirdly, the MEC said the previous, now-expired, roadworthy certificate had involved equipment owned by another testing station, which had been closed for fraud.

The bus was on its way to Cape Town on Friday morning when the driver lost control of the vehicle. It veered off the N1 on the Hex River Pass, near De Doorns.

The double-decker bus was crushed against the side of the mountain. Twenty-four people were killed, two of them children.

Provincial health department spokesperson Faiza Steyn said at the time that eight people were critically injured, three of them children; 14 were seriously injured; and 44 others sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The lawyer for the bus company, Atlantic Charters and Tours, told the newspaper they would not comment on the investigation while it was ongoing.

Lawyer Shahied Schreuder said the accident was the first of its kind in the company's 20-year history of national operations.

Schreuder said in the company's record of the driver he was described as "very experienced".

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