A horror head-on collision in Limpopo, South Africa, left 12 people dead in a road accident while others were injured, with the incident attributed to a driver who lost control due to a blown tyre
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Twelve people were killed and eight others injured in a horrific head-on collision in South Africa.
The collision involved a 22-seater Iveco bus and a Toyota SUV on the N1 near Mookgophong in Limpopo on Tuesday.
Images on social media show smoke billowing from one of the vehicles on the side of the dual carriageway where there was no median.
The Department of Transportation and Municipal Safety said the driver of the Toyota lost control, allegedly due to a blown tire, hitting the 22-seater Mercedes-Benz bus.
It said: “The bus burst into flames and 11 people trapped inside were burned to death. The driver of the SUV was also killed in the impact. Eight people survived, six were seriously injured and two escaped with minor injuries.
Department of Traffic and Municipal Safety)
“Community Transport and Security MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has sent condolences to the affected families and wishes the survivors a speedy recovery.
“The MEC again urges motorists to inspect their vehicles before hitting the road. It is concerned that most of the fatal accidents reported on the N1 have a common cause.”
Hundreds of people took to Facebook to express their sorrow for those involved and also questioned road safety, which has been the scene of many accidents.
One person wrote: “Concrete barriers are needed on this stretch of road, not these useless plastic poles that are put up there. Our people are dying because of poor road design. And we pay too much at toll booths, there’s money to put up barriers.”
Another said: “This is tough. It’s unacceptable. We lose our loved ones every day.”
And another explained: “I was there and it was heartbreaking to stand there and there is absolutely nothing you can do for these people.”
Traffic authorities have warned people to exercise caution and check their vehicles before using them due to the high number of accidents.
Three days ago there was a crash in the same Limpopo area with three fatalities.
The Department of Transport and Municipal Safety reported that “three people were killed and one escaped with serious injuries in a head-on collision between a VW Polo and a VW sedan on the D3110 road in the village of Mokurwenyane outside Lephalale in Waterberg” on January 8 .