Driver error contributed to the cause of the accident between a lorry and a bus on the M17 last Friday, which killed 15 people and injured 37.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released the accident report on Friday.
He said, “The bus was traveling southbound with 56 passengers on board. The truck with furniture drove in the opposite direction. The truck driver allowed his vehicle to veer from its original lane into the oncoming lane, resulting in a head-on collision.”
Mbalula said an investigation will be launched.
” The chairman (magistrate) in charge of this case will have to make a statement after evidence from eyewitnesses. It is unfortunate and unfortunate that both drivers have died and as a result no one can be charged with reckless and negligent driving and/or wrongful homicide,” he said.
Both drivers held valid EC1 driving licenses and professional driving licences driving permits. Although one driver was a foreigner, he had all the necessary documentation, including a valid register.
Mbalula said the report confirmed the accident happened at 5:10 am. Weather conditions were clear and were ruled out as a contributing factor.
“The road was in reasonable condition and was unlikely to be a contributing factor.”
Mbalula said that both vehicles had a full mechanical examination was conducted and it was confirmed that there were no mechanical defects or failures that contributed to the accident.
“It was determined that both vehicles were in a roadworthy condition prior to the accident condition,” he said.
On Wednesday, Mbalula met with the families of the 15 who died to offer support and ensure they receive social benefits.
“We visited the bereaved. We know that almost all of the people who died were the only breadwinners in their families and died on the way to work,” he said.
Mbalula said an analysis conducted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation was serious Nationwide bus and truck accidents from January 1, 2020 to January 15, 2022 revealed that buses were involved in 18 serious accidents during a period in which 178 people were killed and 600 injured.
In the same During this period, trucks have been involved in 71 major accidents, killing 463 and injuring 431.
“Road accidents involving buses and trucks are of serious concern to the Department of Transport and the government in general. These accidents place a heavy burden on the healthcare sector and the economy, as they result in high fatality rates when the victims were economically active members of society. Households without breadwinners and children left without a parent to guide them through life’s challenges suffer deeply,” he said Avoid state and regional roads and use local roads.
He said the closure of roads, including the closures on the N3 in recent days, was economic sabotage.
< p>“We strongly condemn the closure of the roads and have therefore made it our task to deal with the truck industry from all sides and not to speak to a section on this matter. In the next step, all members of the task team will sign the agreed implementation plan. This will serve as a blueprint to help everyone focus on the issues and within what timeframes these issues need to be addressed,” he said.
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