12 people have been killed and eight injured when a 22 seater bus collided head-on with an SUV on the N1 near Mookgophong in Limpopo.

The victims were eleven bus passengers, who were trapped and burnt beyond recognition, and the driver of the SUV.

The injured have been taken to a hospital.

The accident took place shortly before sunset.

An eye-witness who was amongst the first to arrive at the scene says it was chaotic.

He says trapped passengers could be heard screaming for help.

Only eight were rescued by passing motorists.

The witness who wants to remain anonymous had this to say: “It took place outside Mookgophong, N1 North. The minibus collided head on with an SUV which was sound bound. From the 22 seater bus eight people were rescued. The fire has been extinguished now and the entire road has been closed.”

The road was opened for traffic hours later.

Traffic spokesperson Mike Maringa says the driver of the SUV allegedly lost control, veered into the opposite lane thus colliding with the 22 seater: “We can confirm that 12 people in a head-on collision between a 22 seater bus and a Toyota SUV on the N1 near Mookgophong off-ramp it is alleged that the driver of the SUV lost control collided head on with an on-coming bus 11 people who were trapped inside the bus were burnt to death and the driver of the SUV was also confirmed dead.”

Preliminary investigations revealed that the minibus was traveling from Johannesburg to Polokwane.

Its not yet clear as to where exactly around Polokwane.