- A crash between a motor vehicle and a bus on the N1 in Limpopo has claimed the lives of 17 people and 8 others injured
- The deceased include the driver of the car, the bus driver and passengers that were trapped in the burning bus
- South Africans are shocked by the car accident and now believe that the N1 has become a deadly road
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MOOKGOPHONG - A horrific car accident between an SUV and a 22- seater bus occurred on the N1 near Mookgophong in Limpopo.
The motor vehicle crashed into the bus head-on, after the car's tyre burst which led to the driver losing control of the vehicle.
The car crash took place on Tuesday, 11 January. Initial reports by SABC News revealed that 12 people had been killed and eight others suffered major injuries.
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However, in the early hours on Wednesday, the death toll had increased to 17, reports eNCA. Traffic spokesperson Mike Maringa says five more bodies were found inside the bus. The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Polokwane.
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Motorists describe a chaotic scene
The survivors were pulled out of the bus that had caught fire by motorists driving by. Some witnesses say the bus passengers were screaming for help because they were trapped inside.
The driver of the bus and 15 passengers were burnt alive inside the bus. The driver of the SUV was also declared dead on the scene.
South Africans horrified by the car crash
Taking to social media South Africans believe that the N1 has become deadly and are calling on law enforcement to act.
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"It is about time they installed stationary permanent speed cameras on that stretch - just like parts of the N3. That way speeding for long distances will be difficult."
"@MbalulaFikile @TransportLimCom @SANRAL_za If this road had barriers like we've been asking, people would not have lost their lives. How many more lives must be lost before you listen? Cars lose control veer off the road then head-on collision @OUTASA @AASouthAfrica"
"N1 is a very deadly stretch of the road these days."
"Ey this N1 is a deadly road."
3 people killed, 70 injured as bus overturns and rolls on N1 near Polokwane in Limpopo
Briefly News previously reported that a bus crash claimed the lives of three people and left 70 others injured after the driver lost control on the N1 North highway in Matoks near Polokwane in Limpopo on Monday.
The accident involved a Scania bus, whose driver was reportedly speeding before losing control, striking an electricity pole, and overturning, according to a News24 report.
First responders arrived at the accident scene at approximately 6.30 am and found the bus on the side of the road. IOL reported that an unknown number of passengers milled about while others remained trapped inside the bus amid widespread panic and confusion.
Source: Briefly News