Twelve people have been killed when a taxi overturned on the N-1 highway near Touwsriver in the Hex River Valley.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

The vehicle was on its way to Cape Town, when it overturned. There’s a Stop/Go system in place at the scene.

Africa says ten people were injured in the crash.

“Early this morning shortly after 3 o’ clock, a driver of a taxi lost control of the taxi and the vehicle overturned. In this crash 12 people lost their lives: 6 male occupants, 3 female occupants, two boys and one girl died in this gruesome taxi crash just outside Touwsriver.”