5 dead in Gauteng head-on crash
Johannesburg - Five people, including a 3-year-old girl, were killed when two cars collided head-on in Heidelberg, Gauteng on Friday evening, paramedics said.
The VW Polo and BMW collided on the R42 to Nigel "at speed", ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said in a statement.
All three occupants of the Polo - a mother and daughter and a 3-year-old girl - were killed.
A married couple in their 60s travelling in the BMW were killed. The 13-year-old boy who was with them sustained several broken bones and a severe head injury.
The cause of the accident was being investigated.
The Roads Traffic Management Corporation said on Friday that traffic operations along the country's major highways have been beefed up ahead of the festive season.
"There will be visible patrols along highways with heavy traffic, as well as a joint operation with the department of transport to clamp down on passenger transport," spokesperson Ashraf Ismail said.
He said the main focus would be on the N1 and N4 highways as well as on the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban.