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Faulty brakes blamed for deadly crash

Western Cape traffic authorities suspect the brakes of the Atlantic Inner City bus failed.

An Atlantic Inner City double-decker chatter bus overturned at the Hex River Valley killing 24 people on 15 March 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic authorities on Friday said evidence at the scene of the fatal bus crash in the Hex River Valley strongly suggested the brakes failed.

At least 24 passengers, including three children, died in the accident while 38 others have been hospitalised.

Traffic officials have confirmed the bus driver is among the dead.

The bus was en route from Secunda to Cape Town with a Khayelitsha church group.

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "The fact that the vehicle went through that rest-abed without being stopped by the sand gives us an idea that there might have been problems with the brakes."

A section of the N1 highway where the accident occurred remained closed to traffic.

A white Atlantic Inner City double-decker chatter bus is on the side of the road with its roof removed.

Clothes are strewn nearby with a purple blanket and grey handbag visible.

The majority of the buses windows are broken.

All the passengers have been removed from the vehicle.

Africa said the vehicle is registered and they are trying to verify the licence and permit.