MBALULA: Veering truck caused the accident

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Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, released the Tshwane bus and crash report in which 15 people died and 42 were left injured near Bundu Inn outside Garankuwa north of Tshwane on 10 June. Photos by Aaron Dube
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, released the Tshwane bus and crash report in which 15 people died and 42 were left injured near Bundu Inn outside Garankuwa north of Tshwane on 10 June. Photos by Aaron Dube

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, released the Tshwane bus and crash accident report. He released the report of the accident that happened near Bundu Inn outside Garankuwa north of Tshwane on 10 June.

The head-on collision between a bus and truck left 15 people dead and 42 injured.

The report was released on Friday, 17 June at the Department of Transport Offices in Tshwane.

Mbalula said the report confirms that the crash happened around 05:10 when the bus was traveling in the south direction carrying 56 passengers while the truck carrying furniture was traveling in the opposite direction.

"The truck veered from its original lane and into the path of the bus resulting in a head-on collision. It was established that weather conditions at the time of the accident was clear, and this was ruled out as a contributory factor. Also, the road was found to be in a fair condition not a cause of the accident contributory factor." He said.

Mbalula said the full mechanical investigation was also conducted on both vehicles and it was found that there were no mechanical defects or failures that contributed to the occurrence of the road.

 “It was found that both vehicles were in a roadworthy state before the crash. The report further states that both drivers had EC1 driver’s licenses and professional driving permits. Though one of the drivers was a foreign national, he had all the necessary documentation including a valid register," he said.

Mbalula also added that the truck driver is the one referred to as a foreign national.

"The report concluded that the driver error is the major contributing factor to the cause of the accident because the truck driver allowed his vehicle to veer off its original lane, traveling onto the oncoming lane resulting in a head-on collision." He said.

However, Mbalula said the contents of the report will be brought to the attention of the Directorate of Public Prosecution for their consideration. 

"It's unfortunate that both drivers died, and no one can be charged for either reckless and negligent driving or culpable homicide. In this circumstance, this matter will be the subject of an inquest." He said the matter is of great concern to the department of transport and the government.

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