A tragic collision between two vehicles in Limpopo, South Africa claimed 8 lives over the weekend.
The deadly crash occurred on Saturday evening along the N1 highway near RDP houses in the Capricorn District. A BMW slammed into a Toyota Quantum minibus taxi, killing two children, two women and four men – including both drivers.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at around 9pm. It took them over two hours to extricate injured individuals and clear the roadway due to the extensive damage and debris field. Multiple casualties had to be airlifted to area hospitals for treatment.
An eyewitness named Nomsa Mukwebo, who was returning home from Pretoria North when the accident happened, said she was left traumatized by the tragic scene. The provincial transportation department reported one passenger is in critical condition while seven others have serious injuries and four suffered minor wounds.
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Florence Radzilani expressed her deepest condolences to the bereaved families. She noted this accident comes shortly after 22 lives were lost in another collision in Musina last week. Radzilani urged travellers in the province to exercise extreme caution on the roads.
Given the recent spate of fatal crashes, she emphasized the need for extra road safety compliance over the long weekend. Radzilani also called on law enforcement to ensure compliance with transportation regulations.