Two trucks and a taxi collided on the N1 at approximately 10km outside Leeu-Gamka minutes after midnight this morning. The collision claimed the lives of eight people.
eNCA reported that the scene is currently being cleared and initial investigations into the cause of the accident indicate that the truck was en-route to Cape Town whilst the taxis were headed towards the Eastern Cape.
Speaking to eNCA Southern Cape police spokesperson Malcolm Pojie said, “We are investigating a culpable homicide [case] and we are busy with mopping-up operations. It’s a horrific accident.”
Pojie said the truck driver is in a critical condition and was transported to the Beaufort West provincial hospital.
In a News24 report, Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane said that it seems that one of the taxis attempted to overtake the other in the oncoming traffic lane.
The taxi then collided with the truck which caused the truck to sideswipe the minibus and in doing so caused a head-on collision with the second minibus.
According to the publication, Jandré Bakker, the Western Cape traffic spokesperson, said the driver of the one taxi, who was the only occupant, died. Six passengers and the driver of the second taxi also died instantaneously.
Bakker added: “The cause of the crash is being investigated. A stop-and-go is in place, but the road may be closed for short periods when the scene is cleared.”
She urged road users to be patient.