10 Zimbabweans killed in head-on collision in South Africa
Limpopo Department of Transport spokesperson Matome Taueatsoala said the accident happened when the driver of a minibus taxi, travelling from Zimbabwe, lost control of the vehicle and veered into the north bound lane of the N1, colliding with a truck.
The accident happened between Kranskop and Mookhophong, between 03:00 and 04:00.
ALERT 🚨: Major crash on the N1 between Kranskop Plaza and Mookgophong, Limpopo. 1x Truck and 1x Minibus involved, 7 fatalities.— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) April 18, 2019
There is horrific accident that claimed 10 lifes so far at mookgophong so N1 is closed— Dipela mashberrytheo (@DipelaTheo) April 18, 2019
Be safe & practice patience on the road guys. Am hearing of an accident between Modimolle & Mookgophong involving a truck & taxi on the N1 North. (7 Fatalities) @TrafficRTMC— Sechaba Mohapi (@sechabamo_hapi) April 18, 2019
"Both lanes on the N1 have been completely closed for two hours to allow forensic pathologists and other people to clear the scene.
"What we can tell now is that our people should exercise maximum patience. In the meantime, motorists should use the R101 and R33 as alternatives, if they [are] travelling between Mookhophong and Modimolle," he said.
The province is experiencing high traffic volumes ahead of the start of the Easter weekend.
The department has called for motorists to be patient with each other, particularly at toll gates, where there will be congestion.
"Please do exercise patience, do not speed, take a rest where possible. Judging by the time the accident took place, we suspect that the driver was fatigued and he lost control of his vehicle.
"We always advise motorists to take breaks whenever they feel tired behind the wheel," Taueatsoala said.