N1 Accident

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N1 accident: Lack of barriers, truck tyres blamed after horror smash kills 26

A combination of factors are to blame for Friday’s devastating N1 accident, as police have opened up a case of culpable homicide.

N1 Accident

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Modimolle, Limpopo was the scene of incomparable devastation on Friday, after a multi-vehicle collision claimed the lives of 26 people. The N1 accident closed the highway for over 12 hours.

EWN report that police have now opened a case of culpable homicide. A Mercedes minibus and a Nissan car were wiped out by a truck travelling in the opposite direction. The pile-up is one of the worst in the region’s history, and only four people involved survived the carnage.

What caused the N1 accident?

As always in such a devastating incident, important questions are being asked. But what are the root causes of this heinous accident?

Ineke van Huyssteen is a spokesperson for ER24. She confirmed that it was the truck which caused the damage after a burst tyre caused it to swerve into oncoming traffic over the carriageway.

“The truck’s tyre bust resulting in the vehicle heading into the opposite direction where it collided with four other vehicles. Paramedics found numerous services in attendance. Upon further assessment, paramedics found multiple vehicles and a truck spread across the stretch of road.”

N1 accident latest updates: Factors to the crash

After this version of events, the truck’s roadworthiness has come under major scrutiny. Many have questioned the age of the tyres and whether the vehicle was restricted to a certain speed limit.

The stretch of road this occurred on is also being probed. It all unfolded between Mookgophong and Kranskop, near Modimolle. The carriageway is not separated by barriers, hence why the truck was allowed to drift across the road in the fashion it did.

Another source of concern is how the road “narrows” in this area. Locals took to social media to describe their experience with this part of the N1, and this became a common concern: