22 killed in taxi, truck crash

2010-09-18 14:30

Johannesburg - Twenty-two people were killed and four others injured in an accident between a truck and taxi on the N1 near Laingsburg and Beaufort West during the early hours of Saturday morning, the transport department said.

The accident occurred on the N1 highway after the vehicles collided head on, spokesperson Logan Maistry said.

"The Department of Transport, through the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), has dispatched an independent team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists to assist in the investigation of this crash."

"We want to convey our condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this morning....We also wish the injured a speedy recovery.

As of October 1, the department will be implementing the new National Traffic Law Enforcement Plan, which will see traffic law enforcement officers stopping and checking no less than one million vehicles and drivers every month across South Africa.