Saturday, November 10

Mahlatse Ramatseba

5 people & 7-month-old child killed on N1 accident in an attempted robbery

Attempted robbery leads to multi-vehicle accident on N1 which claimed five lives

Five people, including a 7-month-old child were killed early this morning (Saturday) on the N1 in a multi-vehicle accident after a truck allegedly drove on to the road while fleeing armed suspects.

LIMPOPO – According to a statement issued by Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlefela Mojapelo, the multi-vehicle accident between a truck and three other vehicles happened at around 02:30 on the N1-24 between Modimolle mountain and Kranskop Tollgate.

“A truck allegedly experienced mechanical problems and stopped next to the road when two suspects suddenly emerged and attempted to rob it’s driver. The truck driver immediately pulled off onto the road in front of traffic and a Toyota Tazz collided into the truck from behind,” he said.
After the armed suspects fired shots in the direction of the truck the driver decided to not stop and proceeded straight to Naboomspruit Police Station.

In the meantime the occupants from the Toyota were climbing out of the vehicle when two other vehicles slammed into them, killing five people on the spot, he added.

According to a Spokesman for the Department of Transport, Matome -Taueatsoala, a Toyota Pajero and Viano collided with the Tazz.

Five people including a seven-month-old baby from the Tazz were killed. A further three occupants including the driver sustained critical injuries.

From the other two vehicles twelve people, including a driver sustained minor injuries, he concluded.

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