South Africa: Eight people lost their lives in two separate motor vehicle accidents along road N1 on Friday, 16 September 2022.
The first accident happened at 14h25 on route N1-25 in Waterberg District, where the driver of a light motor vehicle is suspected of having lost control and collided head on with a heavy motor vehicle.
Two passengers, both aged 68, were sadly confirmed dead at the scene. The driver of the light motor vehicle sustained injuries. Reckless driving was cited as a possible cause of the accident.
The second accident happened on N1-28 Waterkuil, in Capricorn District, at around 21h40. It is reported that the driver of a sedan lost control and collided head on with a light duty vehicle.
Six passengers aged between 20 and 40 years were also sadly confirmed dead. Two people who sustained injuries were transported to nearby health facilities for medical attention.
Driver fatigue is suspected as a possible cause of this accident.
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Polly Boshielo, send condolences to the bereaved families.
“We are deeply saddened by the news and mourn with the bereaved families. However, things cannot continue like this in the province, where reckless driving and fatigue are allowed to claim lives on our roads.
Vigilance and driving with caution are not optional for our motorists. We all need to take on the responsibility of driving safely at all times, to arrive alive at our destination,” said MEC Boshielo.