Matrics burnt beyond recognition in crash

2011-09-24 17:00
Johannesburg - Eight high school students returning home from their matric dance died in a head-on collision near Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Saturday.

"Matric students from different schools had hired a [chartered minibus] taxi to transport them from a matric dance on Friday night," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said the taxi collided with a car and burst into flames, burning six of the eight students beyond recognition.

The taxi driver and the sole passenger of the car were both killed. The driver of the car survived.

The accident took place on the R36 between Tzaneen and Nkowankowa just before midnight.

Mulaudzi said five of the students in the taxi had been identified by Saturday. The identities of the victims had not been released, at their families' request.

"We are helping them as much as we can in terms of counselling."

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

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