Twenty people have died in two multi vehicle pile-ups in different provinces on Friday night.
Fourteen people have been killed and nine seriously injured in a multi vehicle crash on the N4 toll route between Mbombela and Malelane in Mpumalanga.
The crash involved two trucks, a minibus taxi and a sedan.
Traffic authorities say a preliminary investigation indicates that a minibus taxi heading towards Malelane, collided head-on with one of the trucks.
MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Pat Ngomane says they are investigating the cause of the crash.
“The minibus was coming from Nelspruit to Malalane and the VW Polo also was going the opposite side of Malelane and the two trucks were going to the direction of Nelspruit. So, according to the information we are getting, the truck and 22-seater collided head on and 14 people perished on the scene and nine were taken to hospital, some are critical,” explains Ngomane.
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Fatal crash in Limpopo
Six people have also been killed in another fatal crash on the N1 in Limpopo, outside Modimolle. It comes after 28 people were killed in a pileup on the N1 outside Polokwane on Friday last week.
Provincial traffic spokesperson Matome Moremi-Taueatsoala says the latest crash happened last night when a car that was driving towards on-coming traffic collided with a bakkie.
“We can confirm that there is an accident that happened on the N1 next to Modimolle mountains. Preliminary report reveal that a Kia Rio was travelling on the wrong lane, probably lost control and collided head on with a ford bakkie, hence causing the accident.”