Nine people including foreign nationals have been killed on the R74 road between Harrismith and Qwaqwa in the Free State following a head on collision between two vehicles. The deceased are seven adults and two children.

They were all burnt beyond recognition. Preliminary investigations reveal that one vehicle attempted to overtake. It then collided with another on-coming vehicle.

Free State emergency services spokesperson Sipho Towa explains.

“It’s a Navara double cab that collided with a Subaru vehicle and after they collided they also caught fire. In the Navara it had two occupants and they were declared dead, five occupants in Subaru were declared dead on the scene. All in all we lost nine lives in the accident,” explains Towa.

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