Margate crash death toll rises to 12

2014-01-02 13:48

Twelve people have been confirmed dead following an accident between a minibus taxi and a bakkie near Margate, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department has said.

Nine people died at the scene yesterday and three others died in hospital, the department said today in a statement.

A minibus taxi and a bakkie collided head on on the R61 last night.

“I have now ordered that a forensic investigation be undertaken to establish the cause of this accident,” said transport MEC Willies Mchunu.

“Our teams are on the ground trying to work out what exactly happened.”

He conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed.

On Tuesday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported that 1 184 people were killed in 987 road accidents nationwide from December 1 to December 30.

Most of the fatalities were in KwaZulu-Natal. Mchunu said he noted the statistics with regret.

“Indications so far are that most of the accidents have been caused by reckless driving and failure by drivers to adhere to traffic regulations,” he said.

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