According to reports, six farm workers died and one was left critically injured when two trucks collided head-on near Montagu in the Western Cape early Tuesday morning.
Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa told News24 that the accident happened at around 7am on Tuesday on the N1 between Touws River and De Doorns.
According to the report, Africa said, “The one truck was transporting around 28 farm workers to De Doorns. In total, six people died on the scene while one person was critically injured and airlifted to a hospital in Cape Town.”
Some of the other injured farm workers, as well as the two truck drivers, were treated on the scene for moderate to minor injuries, while others were transported to a hospital in Worcester for treatment.
ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring reportedly told reporters: “At least 18 patients were tended to on the scene. Assessments showed that the injuries sustained ranged from critical to moderate.”
“Paramedics treated the patients and provided several patients with advanced life support interventions.”
Africa said the road is still partially closed as the truck that had been transporting farmworkers is blocking the road. He added that it was suspected that the driver of the other truck had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Farm workers are considered essential workers and are not affected by the nationwide lockdown.