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Expert to testify in Rheenendal inquiry

A mechanical expert will take the stand at the inquiry into a bus crash that killed 14 school children.

Police divers at the scene of an accident where 15 people died and 44 were injured when a school bus plunged off a bridge and into a dam in Knysna on 24 August 2011. Picture: SAPA

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing the families of the Rheenendal bus crash victims said a mechanical expert, whose testimony is vital in the case, will take the stand today.

An inquest into the accident which claimed the lives of 14 children and a bus driver will resume in the Knysna Magistrates Court.

They were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off a road outside Knysna and plunged into a river in 2011.

Lawyer Jerald Andrews said, "He was brought in by the police to investigate the bus. He's been in the business for 20-odd years, investigating these accidents. The only witnesses left are the owner of the bus company and the owner of the testing station."

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