16 killed in traffic accident in South Africa

Johannesburg: Sixteen people were killed on Friday morning in a traffic accident involving two minibus taxis and a heavy vehicle on the R579 in Motetema, Limpopo Province, the Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety said.

“The accident is suspected of having happened this morning when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck and another minibus taxi after overtaking unsafely,” Tidimalo Chuene, the department’s spokesperson, told Xinhua.

One of the minibus taxis involved was transporting learners to school; drivers of the two taxis and six learners were among the 16 killed, Chuene said, adding that law enforcement officers at the scene cite reckless driving as a possible cause of the crash.

Four passengers with serious injuries were transported to a nearby health facility for medical attention, according to the department.

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