Two killed in Intercape bus accident

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SABRINA DEAN – Intercape Managing Director Johan Ferreira says it is not true that four people died after one of its busses collided with a stationary truck in the Free state last night.

Paramedics earlier said the driver and assistant driver were killed on impact during an accident just outside Virginia, adding that another two people died later.

Ferreira disputes this, saying the truth is that only two staff members were killed during the tragic incident. "The true facts are that two of our staff members, the two drivers, were killed on impact and three of our passengers were admitted to hospitals in Welkom and Virginia," he says.

The bus was on route to Cape Town from Johannesburg. Ferreira says all passengers except the three in hospital and one other who elected to remain with a hospitalised friend are now on route to their final destination in Cape Town.

Ferreira says the accident happened after a large truck stopped in the middle of the road for a bakkie that had made a u-turn. "The case is being investigated by our forensic department, as well as the SAPS. I can confirm that a bakkie was apparently standing in the middle of the road after making a u-turn and a large truck had stopped for it and was also blocking the road," he says.

He has again sent condolences to all those affected. The names of the two drivers have not yet been released as family members still need to identify them.

Thabong police have meanwhile confirmed a case of culpable homicide is being investigated. Spokesperson Malebo Khosana says the driver of a white Isuzu bakkie told police he made a u-turn because he needed to investigate something that looked like a body lying next to the road.

The truck then stopped for the bakkie and the driver exited the truck to find out what was wrong. The bus then collided with the truck. It is unclear whether the truck had its hazard lights switched on but Khosana says the bakkie did have its hazards on.