The Easter weekend has kicked off on a terrible note for some travellers. In Limpopo, a taxi collision on the N1, near Kranskop claimed the lives of ten people.
What happened on N1 near Kranskop?
As reported by SABC News, the taxi, carrying 11 commuters, collided head-on with a truck on the busy road. It is believed that the taxi had been travelling from Zimbabwe to Gauteng.
Although forensics have yet to comb the scene for more evidence, it seems, for now, that the taxi lost control due to a tyre burst, and by then, it was too late to swerve it out of the truck’s way.
The accident claimed the lives of ten commuters, including two children.
Limpopo MEC for transport, Makoma Makhurupetje noted how this was a terrible way for the province to kick off Easter operations on the road.
“We are expecting millions of people who will be entering the province from different directions. We have made plans for the N1 to make sure that we ease traffic congestion on the road.
“We are very disappointed that this morning we just lost ten people at a go. This Kumbi was coming from Zimbabwe to Gauteng, the driver was driving at a high speed when he lost control and collided head-on with a truck which unfortunately burnt as well,” Makhurupetle said.
Motorists warned to use extreme caution this Easter weekend
Since then, the N1 route between Kranskop and Modimollehas been closed. Motorists have been advised to use the alternative R101 route, while officials work to clear the scene.
The MEC warned that this particular route was notorious for fatal road accidents since this tragic collision happened a few kilometres away from an accident that claimed 26 lives.
“We want to request that our road users really take care and be cautious when travelling on this road,” she added.