Five people have died and two others were injured in a multiple car crash on the Percy Five road outside Polokwane in Limpopo.

The injured have been taken to hospital in Polokwane.

Limpopo transport department spokesperson Matome Moremi-Taueatsoala says it is believed that an Opel bakkie overtook at an unsafe place and collided with an oncoming car.

The bakkie also side-swapped another vehicle.

One of the vehicles caught fire.

Traffic authorities are urging motorists to drive with caution.