WC Transport Dept to probe cause of Touws River bus crash

13 people were killed after a bus overturned on the N1 early on Sunday morning.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport Department says it is assisting traffic authorities in determining the cause of a deadly bus crash near Touws River.

The bus overturned on the N1 early yesterday morning. Western Cape Metro EMS says 13 people were killed.

More than 40 other passengers were injured.

Transport MEC Donald Grant says: "On behalf of the Western Cape government, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the people who died."

The Road Traffic Management Corporation says their investigators will work with the SAPS in determining the cause.

About 35 people are still receiving medical treatment.

Among the dead are two children.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says: "Thirteen people lost their lives in this accident, 13 too many. It happened on the early hours of Sunday morning, around 2am."

Grant says the probe into the tragedy has been prioritised.

"Provincial government will play whatever role it needs to support these inquiries."