Transport Malta Blames Driver For Żurrieq Horror Bus Crash Which Killed Two Tourists
The open-air double decker bus had hit the branches of an overhanging tree last April
Two people died when a double-decker bus crashed in Żurrieq last April. Photo: Net News
Transport Malta has denied responsibility for last April’s horrific sightseeing bus accident in Żurrieq, which left two tourists dead when the double-decker hit the branches of an overhanging tree.
The transport regulator said the accident boiled down to the bus driver’s negligence and his failure to abide by traffic rules. It said the driver, a 24-year-old man, did not keep the required distance from the pavement, drove over the road shoulder lines and drove the bus right into the tree, causing the accident.
Transport Malta was responding to a judicial protest filed against it by City Sightseeing Malta, the company which operated the double decker bus.
The bus company accused Transport Malta of failing its legal obligations to keep public roads safe, including its obligation to conduct regular inspections on licensed routes and ensure they are free from any obstacles, including trees.
The crash last April killed a 62-year-old Belgian man and a 37-year-old Spanish woman and injured fifty other passengers. Although the driver was arrested shortly after the incident, he has not yet been arraigned.