On Sunday afternoon Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the scene of a horror head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Tshwane that resulted in 15 fatalities and more than 30 others sustaining injuries.
The horrific accident happened just after 5am on Friday near Ga Rankuwa. 37 of the people were transported to the George Mukhari, Kalafong and Steve Biko hospitals.
It has been stated that both drivers of the truck and the bus had valid South African licenses. Unfortunately, both drivers did not make it. Some of the injured passengers are still receiving intensive care while others have been discharged to recover at home.
The Road Accident Fund is expected to step in and help the families, according to RAF CEO Collins Letsoalo the benefits will be divided into two categories: injury and death benefits. ‘’Families of the deceased will get death benefits, however the driver who was found at fault will not be covered by the fund as RAF only covers the victims’’ he added.
As promised, Mbalula has since released an accident report of the road crash that occurred on June 10. In his report he mentions that it is unfortunate that the drivers did not make it out alive, therefore none of them will be charged for reckless and negligent driving as well as culpable homicide.
In the report, Mbalula further stated that both the deceased drivers had valid EC1 drivers’ licenses and Professional Driving Permits, one of the drivers was a foreign national. “The driver had all the requisite documentation including a valid register’’ said Mbalula.
In his report he concluded that driver error was the major contributing factor as the truck driver allowed his vehicle to veer off its original lane of travel onto the oncoming lane resulting in the head-on crash. It has been established that on the day of the crash, the weather was clear, and the road was in a fair condition which could have not been a contributing factor to the accident.
He also elaborated that both vehicles were roadworthy, ‘’a full mechanical investigation was conducted on both vehicles and confirmed that there were no mechanical defects or failures” he said.