Man held for theft at fatal crash

2011-08-17 20:52

Pretoria - Two people were killed when their taxi collided with a bakkie on the M10 near Cullinan on Wednesday, police said.

Spokesperson Johannes Japhta said the driver of the bakkie was trying to overtake the taxi when he realised there was another car coming from the opposite direction.

"He tried to move back into his lane, but crashed into the taxi."

Japhta said both drivers lost control of their vehicles, causing them to overturn. A man and a woman from the taxi died at the scene and three people from the bakkie were in a critical condition. Seven other passengers from the taxi were seriously injured.

A man was arrested at the accident scene for allegedly stealing from the injured passengers.

Japhta said the 30-year-old man pretended to be helping the injured passengers.

"He was found with a cellphone and other valuables." said Japhta.

- SAPA

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