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Just in: Horrifying taxi rollover kills five children in Ngcobo

It’s a tragedy of immense proportions. A taxi driver lost control of the vehicle on Monday morning, and five youngsters were killed in the carnage.


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Tragic news has reached us from Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape on Monday, after a minibus taxi veered off the road and rolled onto its roof. The subsequent damage had fatal consequences, and it’s understood that five victims – one just five-years-old – were killed in the carnage.

The incident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of the morning, in a vehicle travelling from the Western Cape. While motoring down the R61 near Manzana Village, the driver – who has been hospitalised with serious injuries – lost control. A further 16 casualties have been reported.

Ngcobo taxi crash – death toll confirmed as five

The children were pronounced dead at the scene, and there was nothing the paramedics could do to revive these youngsters. SAPS issued a statement hours after emergency crews had cleared the debris, revealing that authorities are still trying to establish the cause of the accident and haven’t yet been able to identify the deceased:

“It is alleged that a taxi that was from Western Cape lost control along R61 road near Beyeye Locality, Manzana Village, Ngcobo on Monday 13 January 2020 at about 05:00. The taxi rolled fatally injuring five passengers who are believed to be children between the ages of 5-14.”

“Sixteen others including the driver were seriously injured and all rushed to the hospital at Ngcobo. The identities of all the deceased are still being withheld as some of their relatives are yet to be informed of their deaths. The cause of the fatal accident is not known but under the investigation of Ngcobo Police detectives.”

Ngcobo SAPS statement on the fatal taxi crash

Horror of R61 crash

It has also been confirmed that a case of culpable homicide will be opened against the driver. Acting Eastern Cape provincial police commissioner Major General Andries Swart conveyed his condolences to all the families who have lost their beloved relatives, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The news comes less than 24 hours after a horror smash claimed multiple lives on the N1 North. A head-on collision between an SUV and a lorry accounted for five lives in Gauteng during the Sunday commute.