Five people, including three Netherland tourists, were killed in an accident on the N4 toll road near Schoemansdal on Friday.
A horrific accident on the N4 toll road near Schoemanskloof claimed the lives of five people, including three tourists from the Netherlands.
According to Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison spokesperson Moeti Mmusi the accident between a truck and minibus taxi happened around 11:00 on Friday.
“The accident happened when a truck and a minibus taxi were involved in a sideswipe collision. The truck then collided head-on with a light delivery vehicle (LDV) that was traveling in the opposite direction,” Mmusi said.
He added that five of the people who were killed were occupants of the minibus, and they included three passengers and both drivers of the minibus and the LDV.
Three of the deceased are believed to be tourists from the Netherlands.
Mmusi said all the victims were declared dead on the scene. Various ambulances responded, and the injured were all rushed to nearby hospitals.
“The cause of the accident is still unclear, and the investigation into it is already underway.”
Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said paramedics arrived on the scene just after midday to find absolute carnage.
“A light delivery vehicle, a Minibus, and a heavy-duty vehicle had collided head-on.
“Closer inspection found three occupants of the Quantum, adult foreign national tourists, deceased. An occupant of the LDV also suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead on the arrival of paramedics,” he said.
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Van Reenen added the driver of the heavy-duty vehicle was found to be entrapped in the wreckage, and the Jaws-of-life were needed to cut him free.
“Four others were left with injuries ranging from minor to moderate and were treated and stabilized on the scene before being taken to various nearby hospitals for further care.”
Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, has expressed concern over the province’s frequency of deadly road accidents.
The MEC is urging motorists to be vigilant on the road to avoid needless and avoidable tragedies such as this one.
“We must all play our part in curbing these crashes. Our roads must not be turned into killing fields by reckless drivers. Motorists should respect the rules of the road and exercise required diligence when they are behind the steering wheel,” says Shongwe.
He also sent his heartfelt and deep condolences to the bereaved families and also wished the injured a speedy recovery.