Death toll rises in horror crash

2011-12-10 09:36
Johannesburg - Thirty people, including 10 children, were killed when an overloaded taxi and a truck collided on the N3 freeway near Harrismith early on Saturday morning, Free State police said.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said that 29 people died on the scene of the accident.

This included the 10 children - one of them a baby.

One of the critically injured passengers from the truck died later in hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said earlier that the overloaded taxi collided head on with the truck at approximately 03:00.

Mophiring said the taxi had been carrying 35 people, but was only certified to carry 23.

He said it was believed that the taxi had lost control on a curve in the road and veered into oncoming traffic.

Seven people remained in hospital in a serious condition.

Police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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