Relatives identifying Witbank crash victims

2014-01-25 22:17

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Mbombela - Family members of the 15 people killed in an accident in Mpumalanga were identifying their relatives on Saturday, the provincial community safety department said.

"Family members have been coming [to] the Klipfontein police mortuary in Witbank since in the morning," spokesperson Mmusi Moeti said.

The accident happened on Friday afternoon on the R555 between Witbank and Ogies.

Earlier, Moeti reported that four children died in the accident but later said only three had died.

He said a woman who was the only survivor in the taxi was in the critical condition at Cosmos Life Hospital in Witbank.

Paramedics said they found people's bodies scattered across the road when they arrived at the scene.

"Paramedics that attended the scene explained that people were ripped apart during the collision," said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

He said several paramedics who attended to the scene received trauma counselling due to the horrific nature of the accident.

Mpumalanga MEC for transport Vusi Shongwe called for a high level probe into the accident and harsh punishment for those found to have caused the accident.

The minibus taxi was travelling from Germiston in Gauteng to Ogies and the truck was travelling to Witbank.

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