Driver in court following fatal bus crash

The 45-year-old driver accused of causing a bus accident on Friday appeared briefly in the Piketberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Western Cape police said.

“He appeared briefly earlier today [Monday] and the case was postponed to Wednesday for a formal bail application,” said police spokesperson Superintendent Billy Jones.

Ten farm workers died when their bus went over a cliff near Piketberg in the Boland, and seven remain in a critical condition in hospital.

Farm manager Wikus Nel said the bus was taking 42 agricultural workers back to their homes when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Friday night.

The driver faces charges of culpable homicide.

Western Cape minister of transport and public works Marius Fransman and agriculture minister Cobus Dowry visited the area on Sunday and were briefed on the accident.

The provincial government will donate R50 000 to the bereaved families, and an emergency trust fund has been established for people who want to donate money.—Sapa

Donate: Call Tel: 022 433 8427. Bank details: First National Bank, West Coast District Municipality, account 62001436014, branch 200111, reference: Bus Accident Emergency Fund

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