5 killed in Mpumalanga crash

2014-05-18 13:04

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Johannesburg - Five people have been killed and seven injured in a collision involving an army truck and a light delivery vehicle in Mpumalanga, the provincial community safety department said on Sunday.

A light delivery vehicle rammed the rear of a military truck on the N2 between Pongola and Piet Retief on Saturday around 18:00, spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said in a statement.

"Five of the deceased were occupants in an LDV. Three of the four people who sustained serious injuries were occupants in the LDV while the fourth person was from [the] truck," he said.

The driver of the LDV died in the accident.

"Preliminary investigation indicates the LDV was overtaking on a barrier line and collided with the rear of the military truck," he said.

The injured were taken to hospital for further treatment.

MEC Vusi Shongwe called on motorists to exercise more tolerance, especially when driving long distances, to avoid accidents.

Shongwe sent his condolences to the families of those affected and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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