Major probe launched into fatal crash

Government says it needs to do more to curb fatal road accidents.

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 - A major investigation was launched into the cause of Friday's deadly bus accident in the Western Cape that claimed the lives of 24 people.

Congregants of a Khayelitsha Church were returning from a gathering in Secunda when the double-decker bus veered off the N1 highway.

It crashed on the Hex River Valley pass outside De Doorns.

Thirty-eight people were hospitalised.

The accident came nearly three years after a similar incident on the same stretch of road claimed the lives of 23 people.

The group of about 80 people were traveling back to Cape Town after attending a mass prayer meeting in Secunda in Mpumalanga.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato believes more needed to be done to prevent these accidents from occurring on the roads.

"Looking at the amount of people losing their lives, accident after accident, we are very concerned. When you attend a scene like this then we see that government needs to do more."

One man whose wife is a survivor, Wanda Khufula, said he was happy she is alive.

"I am very glad because my children were crying when they heard about this but I told them that the mother is fine."

The Khayelitsha church leader Dumisani Ximbi said they were trying their best to cope under the circumstances.

"We do not know how we are going to pass away, when and where. That is why we have prayer meetings."

To view a video report from the accident scene click here