Minibus taxi crash leaves 2 dead, 12 injured in Western Cape

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  • Two people were killed and 12 others injured when their vehicle crashed on the N1.
  • A culpable homicide case has been opened for investigation. 
  • The Western Cape's transport and public words department say they are expecting high traffic volumes this weekend and next weekend.

A culpable homicide case has been opened for investigation after two people were killed and 17 others injured when the vehicle they were in crashed on the N1 near Touws Rivier.

SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg said Touws River police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal single vehicle crash that occurred at about 05:40 on Saturday.

"Two people were fatally injured, and 12 slightly injured. The injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment," confirmed Twigg.

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Western Cape Transport and public works department spokesperson Jandré Bakker said the minibus taxi was traveling toward Cape Town.

"The driver of the vehicle allegedly lost control of the vehicle. A male and female were killed in the crash," said Bakker.

The department urged motorists to be extra vigilant during the last few weeks of the holiday period.

"We are expecting high traffic volumes this weekend and next weekend as some may be using these, the last travel windows, before school starts and industry reopens," added Bakker.  

Police urged anyone with any information about the incident to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


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