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Moloto Road: Victims’ memorial underway

A service is being held for the 30 people killed in the fatal bus crash earlier this week.

The Mpumalanga Government will pay all funeral-related expenses for the 30 people who died in a Putco bus crash on Monday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial for the 30 people killed in a multiple vehicle crash on Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein is about to get underway in Mpumalanga.

The victims were killed when a truck collided with a bus, two trucks and a bakkie on Monday night.

The bus involved in a multi-vehicle accident which killed 30 people on Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

Mourners are streaming into the stadium ahead of the memorial service.

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza is expected to offer his condolences later today.

The province's Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe is also expected to address the mourners.

A woman who lost her daughter in the accident says she hopes to find some peace.

ROADWORTHINESS OF TIPPER TRUCK INVESTIGATED

Investigations into the cause of the collision continue with political parties lambasting the loss of innocent lives.

One of the trucks involved in a multi-vehicle accident which killed 29 people on Moloto Road. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

Investigators have since turned their attention to the roadworthiness of a tipper truck involved in the crash.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) received a preliminary report into the crash on Wednesday, which indicates that the vehicle's lights may not have been working when it slowed down to turn.

The RTMC's Gilberto Martins says their investigation shows that the driver of the articulated truck didn't see the smaller tipper truck attempting to turn.

"He tried to swerve and collided with the tipper truck and the horse and trailer went straight into the line of the oncoming bus."

He says it was raining at the time and the intersection is not well lit.

"We need to double check to make sure that the indicators and the reflectors of the tipper truck were working."

The tipper truck driver has given a statement to police.

Investigators have a month to conclude the investigation.