A horrific collision that occurred on the N4 toll road in Hectorspruit between a truck and a minibus taxi has left seven people dead last night around 23h30.
It is suspected that the driver of the taxi may have lost control before crashing into the side of the truck.
Eight more people were seriously injured. Various ambulance services responded to the scene and the injured were rushed to nearby Shongwe and Tonga hospitals as well as Nelspruit Medi Hospital where they are receiving attention.
The injured include the driver of the truck.
The taxi was reportedly travelling from Johannesburg to Mozambique when the crash took place.
The victims were all from the taxi and they include the driver. The deceased are four women and three men.
The cause of the crash is still unknown and the investigation is underway.
The Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms. Gabisile Shabalala is deeply saddened by this latest crash and has therefore appealed on motorists to use the road safely.
“Transportation of goods and people are the backbone of our economy and therefore more caution should be applied by the drivers at all times so that deadly crashes are drastically reduced,” Shabalala said.
She added that the crashes were afflicting unbearable pain and untold suffering to many families. Therefore, the MEC insisted, motorists should play their part and always obey the rules.
The MEC also bemoaned the enormous costs that these crashes, which are mostly avoidable, were costing the economy.
“Billlions of rands were lost annually to deal with the aftermath of these deadly crashes which are mostly preventable,” she said.
She is meanwhile wishing those who were injured a speedy recovery.