The passengers he was transporting from Sunninghill to the Johannesburg CBD were injured.
The latest sitting of the inquiry - which is meant to investigate what went wrong and who is responsible for the bridge collapse - will continue until Thursday July 5.
The department said in a statement that a total of 13 sessions are expected to be held between July and September this year under a new presiding officer.
Phumudzo Maphaha takes over from Lennie Samuel‚ who has taken ill.
Maphaha‚ a qualified civil engineer‚ previously presided over the Tongaat Mall Structural Collapse Inquiry and the Meyersdal Structural Collapse Incident Inquiry.
He is executive manager of construction‚ explosives and major hazard installation in the national Department of Labour‚ regarded as a senior specialist in construction health and safety.