Bus kills woman on Potsdam Road

A woman was struck and killed by a bus last week near the Dunoon clinic.

A MyCiTi bus struck and killed a woman in Potsdam Road, near the Dunoon clinic, last week.

According to Felicity Purchase, mayoral committee member for transport, the bus was headed towards the Stables, on Potsdam Road, on Tuesday morning January 26.

“It is alleged that the pedestrian had gotten out of a vehicle and crossed the road without looking while other pedestrians were waiting to cross the road,” she said. “The pedestrian succumbed to her injuries. We regret the incident and send heartfelt condolences to the family.”

SAPS and the MyCiTi bus operator for that stretch of road were investigating, she said.

Table View SAPS spokeswoman Captain Adriana Chandler said the woman, in her late 30s, had allegedly run across the MyCiTi bus lane without looking.

“The bus driver could not react in time, and the female was fatally injured. She was declared as deceased at the scene. No arrests have been made,” she said.

Ms Purchase said MyCiTi buses had right of way on the red rapid bus lanes, and drivers had little time, if any, to avoid hitting a pedestrian who ran into the lane.

“Accidents of this nature are severely traumatic experiences for the bus drivers as well.”

She appealed to pedestrians to only cross the road at designated crossings and only when the green man was flashing.

Commuters can report incidents or allegations of misconduct by MyCiTi personnel to the Transport Information Centre at 0800 65 64 63.