Mon. Oct 21st, 2019

Ten dead after taxi collides with truck in Limpopo

taxi accidentThe Easter weekend is yet to get underway and there has already been a horror crash.

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A horrific accident involving a minibus taxi and a truck on the N1 in Limpopo has claimed the lives of ten people just hours before the beginning of the busy Easter weekend

Provincial transport and community safety MEC Makoma Makhurupetje lamented the unnecessary loss of life that resulted from the entirely avoidable accident which took place on Thursday in Modimolle.

“This is another sad day in our province. We have lost 10 people in an accident that could have been prevented if the required speed limit was adhered to. This is heart wrenching indeed,” Makhurupetje said in a statement issued to the press.

The department’s spokesperson Moremi-Taueatsoala claimed a speeding taxi had veered out of control control and collided with a truck.

“Preliminary findings shows that the accident happened after a speeding Toyota Combi lost control and collided head-on with a MAN truck, leaving 10 people dead and two others injured,” said Moremi-Taueatsoala.

The MEC expressed her condolences to the families of those who were killed in the incident after she visited the scene.

“Although the exact cause of this horrific accident is yet to be unravelled, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the ten people who lost their lives and further wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” she said.

Motorists have been urged to adhere to speed limits and rest, as fatigue is a leading factor in accidents and to be extra vigilant and careful during the Easter period when record numbers of vehicles are expected to be on South African roads.

“Once again, government reminds motorists to stick to the required speed limit on the N1, which is 120km/hour. Anyone who infringes this rule is a risk not only to himself but to other road users. Motorists are also advised to rest in between trips as fatigue can be the biggest killer.

“Limpopo is declared a zero-tolerance province against anyone caught not obeying the rules of the road this Easter,” added Makhurupetje.

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