A multi-vehicle collision on a busy stretch of the N12 in Witbank, Mpumalanga has resulted in the deaths of three people on Thursday. Commuters were trying to navigate their way through thick mist and fog between Emalahleni and Delpas, before disaster struck.
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It’s not yet been established what sparked the pile-up, but up to 17 motors are thought to have collided with each other. We understand that one of the deceased is a two-year-old child, compounding the tragedy even further.
N12 near Witbank. Multi vehicle crash in heavy mist. pic.twitter.com/yjBdhMASHf
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It’s also been reported that two trucks, a minibus taxi, ten sedan vehicles and four light-delivery vehicles were involved in the smash, causing bumper-to-bumper tailbacks during the morning rush hour.
The incident was so bad, the N12 was closed for four hours this morning, before eventually re-opening at 11:30. Several serious injuries have also been reported, with patients being rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
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The mist has been identified as the chief factor in this abject chaos. Road users were forced onto the R555 to avoid the adverse weather, which has intensified shortly after sunrise. As of 12:30 on Thursday, the conditions are clear, marking a stark contrast in driving conditions from earlier.
This is the second major disruption to the N12 in just over 24 hours. The route through North West – between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp – played host to a bizarre scene on Tuesday, when protesters hijacked a digger and destroyed a road which lead to the highway. The N12 was closed for a large period of time on Wednesday as a precaution.
Watch the aftermath of the Witbank N12 accident here:
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