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Cape Town - The driver of the bus which crashed on the Koue Bokkeveld Mountains told his employers the vehicle’s brakes had failed before the vehicle veered off the road.
The vehicle was transporting employees of Tractionel Enterprise, a Joburg electrical company, to Lambert’s Bay when it went off the road on the Katbakkies Pass near Ceres.
Two people were killed and 19 injured when the bus careened about 30m down a slope.
The survivors returned to Joburg on Tuesday, while five of their colleagues remained in hospital, two of them in a critical condition.
“The initial report from the driver was that the brakes failed as he was coming down and he lost control of the vehicle.
“We know that police investigators are conducting a probe and have inspected the bus. We will also be doing our own internal investigation to check what caused the accident.
“At the moment we don’t know for sure what happened,” Coenraad Boshoff, director of Tractionel Enterprise said.
Boshoff said he had met the men who had been treated for minor injuries after the crash, at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.
“Apart from the injuries and cuts, they are severely traumatised by the accident. The company has arranged counselling for them.”
He said the two men who died, a 21-year-old from Kimberley and a 26-year-old from Mamelodi near Pretoria, were trainee linesman and erectors.
Boshoff said he was uncertain whether their families would be comfortable with him giving their names.
The company was still waiting for forensic pathologists to release the remains.