Crash victims 'burnt beyond recognition'

2011-12-01 11:30

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Eighteen people, including a toddler, were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a truck outside Belfast in Mpumalanga on Thursday morning, an official said.

"The minibus was completely burnt out," Mpumalanga public safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The minibus, carrying 17 people, veered out of its lane and collided head-on with a truck on the N4 outside Belfast around 04:00. The truck dragged the minibus and both vehicles caught fire.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, three bodies were lying on the side of the road. By 09:20, 14 bodies, including that of a 2-year-old toddler, had been retrieved from the minibus taxi.

"The bodies were burnt beyond recognition."

The truck driver was also killed.

The taxi was en route from Mozambique to Johannesburg, while the truck was travelling from Johannesburg to Mbombela.

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