Five teenagers have died in a vehicle crash on the R61 between Ngcobo and Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape earlier on Monday.

A number of others have been taken to hospital with injuries.

The crash happened near Bayele village after the minibus driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, killing the teens.

It was traveling from Cape Town to Qumbu and Mt Frere.

Transport Department Spokesperson, Unathi Binqose says, “The taxi was from Cape Town to Mt Frere and Qumbu believed to have been ferrying children back from Cape Twon ahead of schools reopening on Wednesday. We want to caution motorists to be alert as volume picks up as people go back and schools opening as well.”