via BREAKING NEWS: Mokopane death toll rises to 15 – UPDATED | The Herald January 20, 2016
Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau
THE death toll from the road traffic accident that occurred near Mokopane town in Limpopo Province, South Africa Wednesday morning has risen to 15 with three Zimbabwean and one Congolese passports having been recovered so far, South African police service has confirmed.
The head-on accident involved a Ford Ranger twin-cab and a haulage truck along the R101 highway near Mokopane town at around 3am.
South Africa police sources say the Ford double cab was driving towards Pretoria while the haulage truck was going in the opposite direction. Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said they have since opened a case of culpable homicide against the haulage truck driver.
“The incident occurred between Mokopane and Naboomspruit. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries while two other people from the small vehicle survived and were taken to Mokopane hospital” said Colonel Otto.
“The identities of the deceased are not known yet though we believe they could be Zimbabweans.”
Colonel Otto said investigations into the accident were already underway. She also called on motorists and other road users to always abide by the road traffic regulations in order to avoid unnecessary loss of life.
“We want to urge motorists to always rest during long journeys especially when travelling at night. Also make sure that your vehicle is road worthy,” she said.
“The victims’ identity and country of origin have not been established yet. The process is ongoing,” said Colonel Otto.
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