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Horror crash between taxi and truck kills 7

By unknown | Apr 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A head-on collision between a minibus taxi and a truck ended in tragedy when all seven occupants of the taxi were killed.

The accident happened at about 11pm on Tuesday night in Limpopo about 15km outside Polokwane on the road towards Mokopane.

Spokesperson for the provincial department of roads and transport Boiki Tsedu said a preliminary investigation had revealed that the taxi driver was driving recklessly when the accident occurred. He said the taxi was carrying six passengers along with the driver.

All passengers in the taxi died on the scene but the driver of the truck escaped unharmed, said Tsedu.

"We were told the taxi driver was reckless and crashed into the truck, killing his passengers and himself in the accident," he said yesterday.

A team of investigators from the Road Traffic Management Corporation has been dispatched to the accident scene to determine the cause of the accident, said Tsedu.

Polokwane police spokesperson Captain Mohlaka Mashiane confirmed yesterday that they had opened a case of culpable homicide against the truck driver.

"But because we did not have any reason to believe the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, we released him while we continue with our investigation," Mashiane said.

He said that once the investigation was complete, the case would be forwarded to the Director for Public Prosecutions for a decision.

According to Tsedu, fatalities over the Easter holidays stood at 32 in the province.

He said the number indicates a 28percent decrease in road fatalities, compared with 41percent that died over the same period last year.

"We attribute the decline in the number of fatalities to the visibility of law enforcement officers."


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