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14 people killed in Sunday accidents

News in brief - Date: 30 October 2017

Written by: Isabel Venter / Viewed: 10654


The Makhado SAPS is investigation two cases of culpable homicide following the death of 14 people in three separate accidents on Sunday, 29 October.

One of the accidents claimed the life of an 18-month old infant.

The little girl was travelling with family members in their vehicle along the Elim road when they collided with an oncoming vehicle. It is still not clear what the cause of the accident was. Two more people in the same vehicle as the little girl died in the accident. The driver and one passenger of the other vehicle were also killed in the crash.

In the second accident, eight people were killed in an accident near Phiphidi involving a bus and car.

One more person was killed in a third accident that occurred along the N1 south, about 21 km from Louis Trichardt. A sedan and a truck transporting gas collided head-on at approximately 17:00. The driver of the sedan was killed on impact and his remains had to be cut from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life.

The accident caused a pile up along the N1 when a third vehicle crashed with the truck and sedan. Several people, with varying degrees of injuries, were taken to local hospitals for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, police investigations into all of the accidents are ongoing.


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The driver of this car was killed on impact after his vehicle collided head-on with a truck. 


This accident, involving two vehciles along the Elim road, claimed the life of an 18-month-old baby girl and four other passengers. Photo supplied.

Eight people died in this accident when a bus collided with another vehicle near Phiphidi. Photo supplied.


Isabel Venter

Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.


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