Ten Zimbabweans Dead On South Africa Highway
Ten Zimbabweans died on the scene of an accident between a mini bus and a haulage truck. The lethal accident occurred 25km outside Makhadho on the N1 Highway in South Africa.
The deceased included ten adults – the driver of the haulage truck being one of them – and a child. 15 other people were seriously injured.
The collision happened when the driver of the bus tried to overtake a car ahead of a car carrier (truck), which had been travelling in the opposite direction. The Iveco minibus was travelling from Bandeleirkop to Harare with 24 people on board including the crew. The haulage truck was travelling from Musina to Durban.
The deceased were taken to Elim Hospital mortuary, with the injured being admitted to the same hospital. Others were sent to Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital where their condition is reported to be serious. South African police are still making efforts to contact the victims’ next of kin.
The stretch between Polokwane and Musina town along the N1 Highway has become somewhat of a black spot. In 2011 an estimated 30 Zimbabweans were killed there in road accidents.
South African police said they were concerned with the increase in road carnage in that area and urged motorists to abide by road regulations to avoid unnecessary loss of life.