RTMC to send team to assist in Touws River bus crash investigation

At least nine people were killed during the incident on the N1, during the early hours of this morning.

A bus overturned on the N1 near Touws River on Sunday 16 October 2016. Picture: Arrive Alive.

CAPE TOWN - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says it will assist in investigating the cause behind a bus crash near Touws River, in the Western Cape, killing at least 10 people.

The bus overturned on the N1 this morning, ejecting several people onto the highway.

Paramedics say nine people were declared dead on the scene and another 10 critically injured.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says, "The RTMC has sent a team of investigators to Touws River, to assist with the investigation into the cause of the bus crash that has claimed more than 10 [lives]."

Zwane says their investigators will work with the s-a-p-s in determining the cause.

"We send our condolences to the families of the deceased, and we wish those who are injured to have a speedy recovery."

More than 50 others were injured.

ER24's Werner Vermaak says paramedics spent more than three hours rescuing people trapped in the bus.

He adds officials found nine people had sustained fatal injuries and could not be assisted, while ten others were rushed to hospital.

"Ten other people were in a critical condition on the scene. They had to be stabilised and some of them placed on life support, by the paramedics on sight, before they were rushed to various hospitals in the area."