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Friday, October 1, 1999 Published at 07:57 GMT 08:57 UK


Bus crash: Dead and wounded named

There has been confusion over the names of the 27 killed

South African health authorities and the UK Foreigh Office have released a full list of all those involved in the coach crash tragedy in which 27 people died.

The casualty list, released as the formal identification of the deceased continues, follows confusion over the naming of those who died when their holiday coach careered off the mountainous Long Tom Pass on Monday.

The Foreign Office has apologised to the relatives of a British woman and those of fellow patient Dr John Dartnell, 71, who were mistakenly told the pair had been killed, when in fact they had been injured.

Investigators are still trying to work out what caused the crash. A commission of inquiry is to be set up to report back on the cause within 60 days.

It is hoped that a black box recorder recovered from the wreckage will hold the key to discovering why the coach left the road.

Driver Titus Dube, one of the injured, reportedly told a local journalist that his brakes had failed.

Injured passengers

Those injured in the crash have been confirmed by South African health authorities as:

Dr John Dartnell, 71, of Middlesbrough, Cleveland. (Wife Margaret died); Miss Lesley Dick, 36, of Worthing, West Sussex; Mr Dennis Dryden, 72, of Esher, Surrey; Mr Harry Smith, 51, of Purley, Surrey. (Wife Wendy died); Mrs Jane Sparrowe, 57, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Humberside. (Husband Anthony died).

Mrs Catherine Thompson, of Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Mr Barry Watson, 59, of Birmingham; Miss Shirley Wood, 56, of Watford, Hertfordshire; Mr Titus Dube, (driver) of Orange Farm, Johannesburg; Mrs Carole Sandover, (tour manager) of Oxted, Surrey.

Deceased passengers

The details of the deceased have been confirmed by the Foreign Office and Thomas Cook (the tour operator with whom most of the passengers booked their trip) as:

Mrs Marian Clifford, of Colchester, Essex; Mr John Clifford, of Colchester; Mr Clifford Culling, of Norwich, Norfolk; Mrs Irene Culling, of Norwich; Mrs Margaret Dartnell, of Middlesbrough; Mrs Jean Dryden, 72, of Surrey.

Mr Geoffrey Francis, of Ludlow; Mrs Jean Francis, of Ludlow, Shropshire; Mrs Virginia George, of Maidenhead, Berkshire; Mr Alvin George, of Maidenhead; Miss Jacqueline Hunsley, of Leeds, West Yorkshire; Mr Edward Jameson, of Purfleet. Essex; Mr Clive Jones, 61, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; Mrs Patricia Joy Jones, 55, of Stoke-on-Trent.

Mrs Valerie Leigh, 67, of Frome, Somerset; Mrs Valerie Mallett, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire; Mrs Brenda Mostyn, of Sipson, west London; Mr David Mostyn, of Sipson; Mrs Beryl Moutell, 54, of Plymouth; Mr Donald Moutell, 68, of Plymouth, Devon; Miss Mary O'Neill, of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Mrs Heather Salter, of London; Mrs Josephine Shorey, 82 of Bath, Avon; Mrs Wendy Anne Smith, 55, of Purley; Mr Anthony Sparrowe, 63, of Humberside; Mrs L Witt, of Purfleet, Surrey; Mr Reg Dennett, (tour guide), of Johannesburg.

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