Five die in two East Cape accidents

2009-12-18 08:35

Five people died in two separate accidents in the Eastern Cape this

morning, Arrive Alive said.

Spokesman Tshepo Machaea said that the first accident happened on

the N2 towards Mthatha just after 1.30am.

“A Toyota Corolla was travelling from Dutywa to Mthata, a minibus

was travelling in the opposite direction. They collided head-on.”

Both drivers and two passengers, all four male, died. The drivers’ bodies had to be freed using the jaws of life.

Six passengers of the 14 travelling in the taxi were injured and

were taken to hospital for treatment. Two are in serious condition. The cause of

the accident was not clear.

Machaea said that just before 8am, traffic officials were still

clearing the scene of another accident in which one person died on the


While travelling on the road between Kofimvaba and Ncgobo, a taxi

rammed into the back of a bus. One person from the taxi was killed.

“We are very concerned by the manner in which people are driving

long distances without relaxing,” said Machaea.


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