SEVEN Zimbabweans were killed on the spot, while nine others were seriously injured when a Musina-bound commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck about 2km from Beitbridge Border Post along the N1 Highway in South Africa early yesterday.

Witnesses said the two vehicles collided around 5am near the weighbridge.
They said the driver of the border post-bound haulage truck made a right turn in front of the speeding kombi which was travelling towards Musina with 15 passengers, resulting in a collision.

“Seven people died instantly and nine others were seriously injured as a result of the collision. It was horrific.

“Bodies were strewn all over the place before emergency workers and the police took them to Musina government hospital” said Mr Phefumula Sibanda who arrived at the scene soon after the accident.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said they had since opened a charge of culpable homicide against the truck driver.

She said the deceased were conveyed to Musina government mortuary. “The circumstances around the accident are being investigated and a case of culpable homicide was opened.
“Seven people died on the scene and nine were injured, including the driver of the taxi, and were taken to a hospital at Musina for treatment.
The driver of the truck was not injured” she said.

Lt Col Otto said all the 15 passengers in the kombi were from Zimbabwe adding that the deceased names would be released once their next of kin have been informed.
She said eight of the injured were undergoing treatment at Musina Government hospital while another critically injured had been taken to Polokwane Provincial Hospital.

She added that motorists should always abide by road traffic regulations to avoid unnecessary loss of life.

The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links that country to the rest of Africa and it is the route, which handles a lot of commercial cargo movement.
The road has also become a death trap for Zimbabweans and citizens of countries north of the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers.

Last year over 10 Zimbabweans were killed in road carnages between Musina and Polokwane in Limpopo province.

In July 2011, 14 Zimbabweans perished, while nine others were seriously injured when a bus they were travelling in was involved in a horrific crash along the same road near Witvlag turnoff between Louis Trichardt and Musina towns when the driver of a Johannesburg-boundTrans Africa Lux bus lost control of the vehicle.

Twenty four other Zimbabweans perished in a pile-up accident between Louis Trichardt and Polokwane towns on the N1 highway. In 2005, 19 Zimbabweans died when a kombi they were travelling in plunged into a dry riverbed 15km from Louis Trichardt. herald

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