Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

Easter traffic: Four dead, 19 injured in horror Free State pile-up

Free state crash easterA taxi, an SUV and a truck have all collided on the R57 in Free State this Sunday morning, resulting in multiple deaths and two critical injuries.

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A police investigation is now underway after four people were killed and 19 were left injured in a horror-smash on the R57 in Free State. The incident happened shortly after dawn on Easter Sunday, where emergency services arrived on the scene at 7:00 to assess the carnage.

Free State crash: Everything we know so far

As well as the multiple fatalities, two people are currently in a critical facility at a nearby medical facility. Three heavyweight vehicles – a taxi, a truck and an SUV, were all involved in the pile-up.

The accident unfolded between Reitz and Kestell on the R57, to the east of Bethlehem and a few kilometres away from the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Once again, more devastation has wreaked havoc on the roads during a public holiday in South Africa.

Emergency services react

Emer-G-Med were the first responders to the incident. They issued a statement confirming the details of the crash and revealed that aerial assistance was needed to help get the victims to hospital:

“Three vehicles were involved including a taxi, a truck and an SUV. Multiple casualties were treated on the scene. Four people have died, two were critically injured and 17 sustained minor to moderate injuries. An aeromedical helicopter Halo 3 was also activated to assist.”


SAPS investigate Free State crash

The area is now being picked-over by the South African Police Service (SAPS), who have launched their own investigation into the cause of this multi-vehicle smash. Earlier on Sunday, SABC confirmed that those killed in this tragic accident were all occupants of the taxi.

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