14 killed, 85 hurt in crashes in Limpopo

At least 14 people, including six children, were killed and 85 people were injured in two accidents in Limpopo on Thursday.

Seven people were killed and six were injured when the drivers of a minibus taxi and a truck collided head-on in Northam on Thursday afternoon, paramedics said.

The death toll was expected to rise, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

“In all likelihood, the number of people dead will be nine, including a critically injured person who probably won’t make it.”

Several people were trapped in the wreckage.

Earlier in the day, six pre-school children and an adult were killed and 79 children and adults were hurt when their bus overturned in Siloam, near Thohoyandou, Limpopo police said.

The bus was carrying children and their parents from Khakhu village when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a downhill bend at about 03:30, said Colonel Ronnie van Niekerk. It left the road and overturned, he said.

The national transport department said at least 210 unroadworthy pupil transport vehicles had been taken off the road since the start of the month.

More than 430 drivers of public transport vehicles had been arrested in this period for various traffic offences, mainly overloading and drunken driving.