N4 collision death toll rose to eight
Rustenburg – The death toll on the gruesome vehicle accident, when a cement truck and a 26-seater minibus collided on the N4 near Rustenburg on Thursday evening, 16 March 2017, rose to eight.
Six people have been killed in the accident, as reported in our previous edition – but since then two have passed away in hospital due to their injuries sustained.
The 26-seater minibus was transporting passengers from an event organised by the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs in collaboration with Moretele Local Municipality. The driver of the bus survived with minor injuries and was treated in hospital.
Paramedics from ER24 and local rescue services arrived on the scene at approximately 17h30 where they found numerous people scattered across the scene. Several people were found trapped inside of the minibus. The local fire and rescue services had to use Jaws of Life to free some of the people.
It is believed that approximately 25 people were involved in the collision.
The exact circumstances of the collision are not yet known. However, it appears as if the cement truck collided into the side of the minibus. Local authorities attended the scene and investigations continue.
“We are saddened by the untimely loss of these precious lives and wish to convey our heartfelt message of condolences to the bereaved families during this difficult time and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” Acting HoD Jimmy Mawelela, from Department of CATA, said.
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