13 killed in 'horrific' accident

2010-09-09 07:07

Bloemfontein - Thirteen minibus taxi commuters died and two others were seriously injured in an accident on the R716 near Heilbron in the Free State on Wednesday evening, paramedics said.

"The taxi is in absolute pieces," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

The vehicle collided head on with a truck at around 22:00 on that road.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the remains of the taxi and its occupants spread along the roadway. Thirteen of them had died on impact."

At this stage it wasn't immediately clear what had happened, he said.

The drivers of the truck and taxi were not injured in the collision.

The injured were transported to Sasolburg Provincial hospital for further medical care.

"This has been one of the most horrific accidents we have dealt with today," Botha said.

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