A MyCiTi bus driver, who caused a three-bus pile-up in Cape Town, has been suspended.
The City of Cape Town has launched an investigation into the incident in which three of its MyCiTi buses were involved in an accident in the CBD yesterday, which left dozens of people shocked and injured.
Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the city’s transport authority, said the incident happened at the Civic Centre station in Hertzog Boulevard at about 8.20am.
“Following the accident, 37 passengers and one bus driver were taken to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital and Somerset Hospital for medical check-ups,” the TCT said. “Two passengers are being treated for spinal and head injuries.”
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Brett Herron, said: “I can confirm that the bus driver who allegedly caused the pile-up at the Civic Centre station has been suspended, pending the accident investigation and a disciplinary inquiry.”
The pile-up happened when the D04 bus from Kapteinsklip, Mitchells Plain apparently drove into a stationary bus at the Civic Centre station.
Due to the impact from behind, the T01 bus that operates between Dunoon, Table View and the city, hit another stationary bus — the A01 bus operating on the airport route.
Herron says passengers on the T01 bus had already disembarked, while the A01 bus had a few mense on board.
“The D04 bus was full, given that it happened in the peak period,” he adds.
According to an official on the scene, he heard a “loud bang” and when he came out, he saw panicked commuters trying to escape.
He says people started breaking windows because the door had jammed.
The official, who asked to remain anonymous, says: “I didn’t like the idea of them climbing through the sharp broken glass of the window. So I told them to wait and I hit the door open with my fists.”
Herron says if found guilty of any wrongdoing, action may be taken against the vehicle operating company that operates the D04 route.
MyCiTi buses operating to and from the Civic Centre station were delayed for about an hour on Tuesday morning.