News 19.4.2016 10:30 am

Swapping of driver seat confirmed in prelim bus accident probe

Eleven people died and 59 were injured when a bus carrying ANC members overturned on the N1 between Winburg and Ventersburg in the Free State on Sunday. Photo: Netcare 911

Eleven people died and 59 were injured when a bus carrying ANC members overturned on the N1 between Winburg and Ventersburg in the Free State on Sunday. Photo: Netcare 911

“Preliminary investigations revealed that there was swopping of seats while the bus was in motion.”-Khosana

Preliminary investigations into the horrific Free State bus accident, which claimed the lives of 10 ANC supporters, revealed there was a swapping of drivers’ seats while the bus was in motion.

Speaking to The Citizen, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said so far, only the assistant bus driver was interviewed by the police.

“We are yet to interview the actual driver who is still in hospital, but for now all we can say is that preliminary investigations revealed that there was swapping of seats while the bus was in motion.

“We are still gathering information and until such time we are satisfied that we have enough information, it is then when we will get in touch with the public prosecution, but for now it is still early stages in the investigation and it is going to be a process,” Khosana said.

Meanwhile the ten bodies are already being transported to Ekurhuleni.

The deceased and other ANC supporters, some of whom are still being treated in hospital, were on the bus that was travelling from the ruling party’s election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth which was held at the weekend.

– stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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