Fifteen people killed in freak accident in Middelburg (EC)

Fifteen people killed in Eastern Cape crash

A freak accident in the Eastern Cape has claimed the lives of 15 people.

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Provincial traffic spokesperson Unathi Binqose says the accident happened on the N9 near Middelburg at about 11 pm on Sunday.

He says the driver of a heavy-duty truck lost control after hitting a stray animal, and when he tried to regain control, his trailer fell over.

Binqose says a fully loaded taxi, driving in the opposite direction, collided with the trailer at this exact time.

He says all the occupants of the minibus taxi, including the driver died on the scene.

Among the victims were nine females and five men.

Binqose says a two-month-old baby and a toddler were also killed while the truck driver escaped with minor injuries.

The taxi was travelling from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape.

The victims' names can only be released once their next of kin has been informed.

A case of culpable homicide is under investigation.


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