SEPTEMBER 10 2019 A road accident involving Reya vaya Bus and Motorcycle at Empire road in Parktown, Johannesburg .PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

Dad and son die in bus crash

Parktown – On Tuesday a father and his son riding a motorbike died after colliding with a Rea Vaya bus on Empire Road in Parktown.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the accident, in which the father and his 10-year-old son died, happened at the intersection of Empire and Joubert roads. Minnaar said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

  The bus‚ with broken windows and damage to the front‚ was parked on the paving at the petrol station.

The child attended a school for autism, situated near the accident scene. 

  Two of his teachers broke into tears when they saw his body covered under silver foil.

  “This is one of our children. His father brings him on the motorbike every morning. He is a very young boy and has been at the school for over a year now‚” the teacher said.

  Hillbrow police spokesperson Captain Musa Shihambe said the initial report he received stated that the Rea Vaya bus crossed a red traffic light and crashed into the motorcycle, which was dragged under the bus for several metres.

  Shihambe added that the driver had been taken in for question, while female drivers of the two other vehicles the bus also ploughed into were taken to Milpark and Hillbrow hospitals.

  Shihambe said as the police they have taken serious issue with the recklessness of the Rea Vaya bus drivers.

  “They are like the taxi drivers. I think they must be taken again for another driving test because every driver on the road is complaining about Rea Vaya drivers. They drive very fast, they don’t even care and when you talk to them they are so arrogant,” Shihambe said.

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