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It is alleged that a Toyota Corolla sedan crashed into the back of a Ford sedan that was stationary on the shoulder of the road in Mpumalanga.
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Five people were tragically killed early on Thursday morning 1 July when two sedans collided and crashed on the N17 toll road between Ermelo and Davel in Mpumalanga.
According to the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, the dreaded crash occurred at around 1:00 in the morning when a Toyota Corolla Sedan collided into the rear of a Ford sedan.
The department said the deceased include the driver of the Ford sedan and four passengers. Three of the four passengers were children. The driver of the Toyota sedan and one passenger sustained serious injuries.
“Indications are that the Toyota Sedan was travelling from Davel to Ermelo while the Ford sedan was allegedly stationary on the shoulders of the road in the direction of Davel to Ermelo at the time of the crash,” the department said in a statement.
“The deceased were burnt beyond recognition when the Ford sedan caught fire on impact,” it added.
The cause of the crash is not known at this stage, however, the police, working with the Safety Engineering Unit in the Department have already commenced with the investigation.
Mpumalanga MEC Community Safety, Security and Liaison Vusi Shongwe has called on motorists to be extremely alert especially at night when visibility is reduced. He mentioned that roads are becoming increasingly dangerous mainly due to human behaviour.
“Despite endless messages that are spread through all available platforms, people seemingly do not take to heart the importance of using the road safely judging by the number of these deadly crashes,” he said.
“We will continue to work hard as a Department to implement Road Safety education programmes and law enforcement operations. Our law enforcement officers will continue with zero-tolerance towards bad driver behaviour,” he added.
Shongwe has also reminded motorists to refrain from breaking the Disaster Management Act by driving during curfew time. In line with the current Adjusted Alert level 4, curfew is between 21:00 and 4:00. The police will, therefore, also investigate the violation of the Regulations by those involved in the crash.
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