Rescue workers busy clearing the road where the bus accident occurred on Sunday afternoon. Photo supplied.
Date: 24 April 2017 By: Isabel Venter
Five people died in three separate accidents, along the N1 north on Sunday (22nd).
The first accident, involving a bus travelling from Zambia, claimed the lives of a young child and four adults. Another five passengers on the bus sustained critical injuries and were transported to the Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred close to the Ingwe Hotel at approximately 13:00.
The road had to be closed for traffic, during which time another accident happened. A freight truck, that could not brake in time, crashed into the mountain. The driver, who was alone in the truck, escaped unhurt.
A few hours after this accident another truck overturned, also on the N1 north, close to the Mountain View Hotel. According to rescue workers the driver of the truck was travelling in a southerly direction, when he lost control over his truck. The accident occurred at around 18:00. The impact of the collision was so severe that the man went flying through the windshield and was killed instantly.
In all of the incidents, the Makhado Police have opened cases of culpable homicide for further investigations.
Read the full report here.
Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.