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Call to make outcomes of road accident investigations public

At least 13 people lost their lives and over 43 were injured when a bus with 60 passengers crashed outside Touwsriver just before 2am on Sunday morning.

A witness reported that the bus driver was speeding when the accident happened.

Patrick O’ Leary, editor of Fleetwatch magazine says the outcomes of investigations after an accident are never made public and they end up in the bottom drawers in some office in a government department.

He says South Africa has high-level technology used to investigate accidents. Through this kind of technology, investigators can tell the speed of a vehicle when the accident took place and the cause, he says.

There is enough science of evidence or tools to gain evidence as to what exactly happened, we can't keep on speculating...

Patrick O’Leary, editor of Fleetwatch magazine

The tools are there but we never get to hear the outcome...

Patrick O’Leary, editor of Fleetwatch magazine

Discussions on curbing the road carnage only happen when there is a high number of people involved in an accident or a high profile person dies, says O’Leary.

He says road carnage can be stopped only if people start paying attention.

Listen to Patrick O’Leary speak about other road accidents that happened in the Western Cape but were never reported:

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