Vaal crash bus was roadworthy

2012-06-25 22:27

Pretoria - A bus that plummeted off a bridge, killing 19 people in the Vaal Triangle on Monday, recently underwent a roadworthy test, a Putco official said.

Spokesperson Raphiri Matsaneng said the driver of the ill-fated bus which crashed in Meyerton had been employed by Putco since September 2011. He was killed in the accident.

"The bus had undergone a roadworthy test on 14 June this year," he said.

"The bus was travelling from Sebokeng to Henley on Klip [near Meyerton in the Vaal Rand] and it was certified to carry 85 passengers - 65 seated and 20 standing," said Matsaneng.

He said 55 adult passengers were injured.

"There were only passengers going to work and no children were on board," he said.

Matsaneng said the cause of the crash had not been determined and the company would commission an independent investigator to ascertain the cause.

Earlier, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the injured were rushed to different hospitals in the greater Vaal region.

She said two of the three critically injured were airlifted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

  • pierre.debeer - 2012-06-25 22:49

    When will bus operators be required by law to fit seat belts for all passengers, like all other vehicles on our roads? If the seat belts save lives in cars surely it could have saved lives in this bus.

      Kala - 2012-06-26 09:06

      So the vehicle went for a roadworthy test. That tells us nothing. Did it pass the test???

      procold2 - 2012-06-26 09:43

      right kala, even if it passed these vehicles do plenty of milage in a month somthing else could have gone wrong in that time, never the less i think this is speed and driver (may god have mercy on his soul)error.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-25 22:58

    Wasn't the licence of the driver a fake one?

      Stanley Daniels Chacklas - 2012-06-26 06:22

      As the cause is not known,we have to accept that is an not de first time accident happens nor last,condolence to the families

      martin.mcleman - 2012-06-26 07:38

      Yeah...believe me having passed a "roadworthy test" and actually being roadworthy are two very different things ! This is SA remember.

  • michael.falatsi - 2012-06-25 23:05

    I used to travel on those patco buses for 5 years those drivers are recless they are always racing against each other from de deur to meyerton if its posible I want you to show the nation how those drivers turn on sharp curves call me 0785015559

  • zwelakhegeorge.myeza - 2012-06-25 23:26

    Maybe the driver was tired

      marc.rule - 2012-06-26 08:09

      Then he should not have driven the BUS

      nakita.willemse.5 - 2012-06-26 08:57

      the driver was not tired! the driver was racing against another bus as victims had said ! he was recless endangered lives, aswell as took lives, 19 to be exact! innocent people trying to get to work HE killed by driving like an utter idiot! and this would not be a first as its known that putco bus drivers are reckless. the ones in vanderbijlpark are just as reckless as they stop in the middle of the road, swerve infront of other cars ect...

  • Ken Jay May - 2012-06-26 00:21

    The bus was roadworthy!...but did the driver have a valid drivers licence and was he competent?...guess not!...condolences to the families and loved ones and shame on Putco!

  • wizeman.slim - 2012-06-26 01:03

    "The bus had undergone a roadworthy test on 14 June this year," he said. It mighth've gone for a test, but it doesn't mean that it was indeed roadworthy.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-26 06:16

    Only greed could have caused this accident, those poor families still waiting to hear why they lost there loved ones

  • winnersmarvin.dlam - 2012-06-26 06:37

    As i comment on dis i'm in a Putco bus now from Naledi to City Deep, and we are complaining every day abwt de condition of dis bus but our cries falls on deaf ears, dey don't want to take dis bus for service, so i think dei should be banned from south africas road dat's all.

  • Andre - 2012-06-26 07:10

    If bus and taxi drivers adhere to the speed limit and all the traffic laws, there will definitely be much less accidents. But is SA they are a law unto themselves!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-26 07:49

    Who did the roadworthy test ? Check his credentials and study the report because I have never known a vehicle to "loose control" all on it's own !!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 08:05

    The taxi & bus industry should be classified as mass murderers!

  • Schaniane Craner - 2012-06-26 08:13

    I wonder how much they paid the inspectors

  • elvis.xaba - 2012-06-26 08:29


  • elize.botha1 - 2012-06-26 08:38

    So now the bus was roadworthy. Which is a good thing. Government wants to have vehicles older that 10 years to be taken off the road, or tested every 2 years. It's not the vehicles. It's the drivers. When will they stop running around the problem, instead of tackling it head-on?

  • cathygradwell.naude - 2012-06-26 08:42

    This smacks of a total lack of respect for human life. I've seen bus drivers driving at totally inappropriate speeds on many occasions. My condolences to the families!

  • constance.moilwa - 2012-06-26 09:05

    Putco bus drivers drive like taxi drivers, I wonder how they can say their busses are roadworthy when their busses get stuck all the time on the roads!!!My heart bleeds for the families who lost their loved ones!

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