14 die in horror North West crash

2013-12-02 08:56

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Klerksdorp - Fourteen people died and eight others were injured when two minibus taxis collided on the N12 outside Klerksdorp in the North West, paramedics said on Monday.

Paramedics on Sunday evening found several people strewn across the highway at Wolmaransstad road, said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

"It is believed that the majority of the occupants were flung from the taxi when it was ripped open during the collision," he said.

Five of the 14 fatalities were children aged between 1 and 6.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were in a critical condition, said Vermaak.

Both drivers were killed in the crash.

"Bystanders explained that one of the taxis apparently overtook several vehicles before it collided head-on with the other."

The road was closed to traffic for several hours while the accident scene was cleared.

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