Five people have died in a collision between a car and a minibus on the N11 between Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal and Volksrust in Mpumalanga.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Rescue Services spokesperson, Robert McKenzie, says several other people have been taken to hospital in a critical condition.

“Paramedics have treated 7 patients who had also sustained critical injuries at the scene before transporting them to hospital for continued medical care. The exact cause of this crash is not known at this stage and is being investigated by the police,” says Mckenzie.