Dalton crash leaves five dead, six badly injured

2010-01-25 00:00

FIVE people were killed, six were seriously injured and five others sustained slight injuries when a bus and a tipper truck designed to transport charcoal collided at an intersection in the Dalton area last night.

The accident occurred at about 6.15 pm in the vicinity of the EC Charcoal factory in the area.

Those killed and seriously injured were all travelling on the tipper truck. Only five passengers on the bus sustained minor injuries despite the fact that the vehicle was fully laden and carrying 44 passengers at the time of the accident.

The truck driver was among the dead. The injured were taken to Greytown hospital by ambulance.

Members of the SAPS accident unit from Pietermaritzburg and Dalton police were still busy at the accident scene late last night.

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