Cape Town – At least 19 people believed to be from the same family were reportedly killed in a horrific accident on the R34 between Bloemhof and Schweizer-Reneke in the North West.
Reports indicated that the incident occurred on Saturday night when a Toyota Quantum minibus in which the family members were travelling in, collided with a truck.
News24 said that the victims were returning from a gathering.
#19 people who are family members have died in a head on crash btwn a Quantum travelling from Bloemhof to Schweizer-Reneke and the truck. The accident will be investigated by RTMCs crash and reconstruction unit. pic.twitter.com/BfIFky5bIS
— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) February 27, 2022
The driver of the truck escaped unharmed, the report said, adding that a case of culpable homicide had been opened.
“The victims were among the 22 occupants of the vehicle. Three people – two women and a child – sustained serious injuries and were admitted to a local hospital in critical condition,” IOL reported.
The North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport, Sello Lehari, sent messages of condolence and appealed to road users to exercise caution, said the report.
Meanwhile, according to Sowetan, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said the accident will be investigated by its crash and reconstruction unit.
“The RTMC is sending investigators to the scene to establish the exact cause of the crash. All we know at this stage is that it happened around 9.30pm near Schweizer-Reneke in North West and involved a truck and Quantum minibus,” said RTMC spokesperson, Simon Zwane.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu