Team to probe Ladysmith crash

2015-09-20 15:53
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(Joe Stolley, News24)

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Ladysmith - An official investigation is under way to establish the cause of a Ladysmith crash in which five people - including two children - died, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Sunday.  
“A team of crash and incident reconstruction and investigation specialists… will be assisted by the SA Police Service to investigate the cause of this crash,” Peters said in a statement.
In the early hours of Saturday three adults and two children were killed when the car in which they were travelling crashed into a bridge, landed on electrical cables on a railway track and caught fire.
KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the car apparently left the N11 highway near Ladysmith and landed on the tracks. The vehicle was still burning when emergency services arrived at the scene around 01:00 on Saturday. Paramedics worked until just before sunrise at the scene.
The two women and a man were believed to be in their 30s. The boy was aged 7 and the girl 10.

Peters pledged to ensure that the Road Accident Fund would assist the families of those who die in crashes.
“The RAF… is a caring arm of government that assists road crash victims with post-crash services, such as funeral arrangements and rehabilitation.” 
She said the department would check the roadworthiness of buses, taxis and student transport and would impose heavy fines if these were found to be inadequate in terms of safety.

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