EDITORIAL |‘Highway to hell’ bus crash must force officials to ...

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EDITORIAL |‘Highway to hell’ bus crash must force officials to act

An investigation will have little impact unless lessons are learnt more broadly

Editorial

Horrifying details continue to emerge from a devastating bus crash on the Kei Cuttings on Monday.

Initially, the death toll from the crash was believed to be 28, but when pathologists started removing the deceased from body bags for postmortems, two additional victims were found. In the end, 30 were confirmed dead, including three children, 20 women and five men (one of whom was the bus driver). Six seriously injured passengers are being treated in East London’s Frere Hospital.

It then emerged that the bus involved in the deadly crash wasn’t the first one that the passengers had boarded. The first bus, which belongs to company DMJ, had to be ditched in Qonce (formerly King William’s Town) because it had broken down. The passengers were then loaded into a second bus – a double-decker, laden with a trailer, that would ultimately crash...

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