N1 crash toll rises to 20

2011-11-15 10:23
Cape Town - A 20th person has died following an accident involving two minibuses and a truck in the Karoo on Tuesday morning, Western Cape police said.

A minibus taxi's trailer hit a truck on the N1 between Leeu-Gamka and Prince Albert at around 01:00, Captain Malcolm Poje said.

The minibus overturned after it was rammed from behind by another minibus.

"The main cause of the accident is not clear at this stage as police are still working on the scene," Poje said.

"It appeared all the people who died were the occupants of the minibus taxis." They included two children.

All were declared dead on the scene. The injured were taken to a local hospital.

The N1 was closed to traffic, but might be reopened within an hour, Poje said later on Tuesday morning.

A culpable homicide docket had been opened, he said.

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