N1 taxi crash a terrible tragedy - MEC

2011-11-15 12:41
Cape Town - The Western Cape has been shocked by the death of 20 people in a minibus taxi accident on Tuesday morning, transport MEC Robin Carlisle said.

"The crash is another terrible tragedy on our roads that has shaken our province," he said.

The accident happened on the N1 between Leeu-Gamka and Prince Albert road at around 02:00. Two minibus taxis heading in the direction of Cape Town crashed into the side of a truck.

Western Cape police spokesperson Malcolm Poje said a 20-month-old baby was among the dead.

The minibus overturned when 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 occupants of the minibus taxis."

All were declared dead on the scene.

At least 14 people were admitted to hospital. Two of them were in a critical condition.

"Despite the fact that our Safely Home Campaign has brought down Western Cape road fatalities by 23%, these major crashes, which often wipe out entire families, are continuing to happen," said Carlisle.

The province would step up efforts to prevent such accidents, he said.

"Plans are underway to consult with the appropriate experts to find ways of further reducing the chances of these tragedies from happening."

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