Mpuma crash death toll rises

2014-11-20 21:10
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Johannesburg - The death toll of an accident near Waverly in Mpumalanga has risen to seven, the provincial community safety department said.

Eight others were seriously injured, while a ninth person sustained minor injuries, spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

They were taken to a hospital in Elukwatini for treatment.

The accident happened at a T-junction on a road between Waverly and the Oshoek border post into Swaziland around 6:30 on Thursday.

"A truck was using the road and a bakkie failed to stop at the stop sign at the T-junction and collided with the truck," he said.

Six of those killed were from the bakkie, including the driver.

The truck was hit on the side and the driver was not injured, he said.

The province's Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe sent his condolences to the affected families, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

"We must all work with government to eradicate road crashes which often disintegrates families with some children losing their parents and others losing breadwinners," he said in a statement.

Police were investigating.

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