OVER 19 people died on Sunday night following a head-on crash on the R34 between Bloemhof and Schweizer Reneke.
The deceased were allegedly travelling from Ipelegeng location in Schweizer-Reneke and were returning to Bloemhof in a Toyota Quantum.
North West Department of Community Safety and Transport Management spokesperson Boitshoko Moremi said the deceased were part of 22 occupants in a vehicle where three people, two females and a child survived with serious injuries and were admitted at a local hospital in critical conditions.
The MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management Sello Lehari sent his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.
#19 people who are family members have died in a head on crash btwn a Quantum travelling from Bloemhof to Schweizer-Reneke and the truck. The accident will be investigated by RTMCs crash and reconstruction unit. pic.twitter.com/BfIFky5bIS
— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) February 27, 2022
The RTMC said it is dispatching investigators to the scene to determine the exact cause of the crash.
According to RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane at this point, all they know is that incident happened at 9.30pm near Schweizer-Reneke in North West and involved a truck and a Quantum minibus.
“What does one say when life turns out like this. I am heart-wrenched. My sincere condolences to the families. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.” said the MEC.
MEC Lehari continued to plead vigilance to road users.
“Road users, let us please pay extra attention when on the road. It is in our hands to save each other’s lives. We can only do this if we practice responsible driving and are cautious on the road.” added the MEC.
The driver of the truck escaped unharmed. Further investigations into the accident are currently underway.
— Daily Sun