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N1 horror crash: Bus en route to Polokwane says dept

LIMPOPO – A case of culpable homicide is under investigation following a fatal head-on collision between a 22-seater bus and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) along the N1 south on Tuesday (January 11).

The incident happened near the Mookgophong off-ramp just after 17:00 and claimed the lives of 17 people and left eight others injured.

According to Mike Maringa, the media liaison officer for the Department of Transport and Community Safety, the bus was en-route to Polokwane at the time of the incident.

“The names of the occupants in the bus will be sourced from the register populated before they left Bosman station in Pretoria to Polokwane.”

He added that the identity of the deceased will be withheld pending investigations and to allow authorities to inform their next of kin.

“Six of the eight people injured during the incident were admitted at F H Odendaal Hospital in Modimolle and have since been discharged. The bodies of the deceased were taken to forensic mortuaries in Bela-Bela and Mokopane.”

Preliminary investigations cited a tyre burst as a possible cause of the accident and investigations still continue, Maringa concluded.


LIMPOPO – Seventeen people are confirmed dead following a fatal head-on collision along the N1 South on Tuesday evening.

The incident between a 22-seater bus and a sport utility vehicle (SUV) happened near the Mookgophong off-ramp just after 17:00.

In an earlier statement, the Department of Transport and Community Safety stated that the vehicles collided after the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle due to a tyre burst.

After the impact, the bus caught fire and 16 occupants, not 11 as previously stated, were trapped in the wreckage and burnt to death.

Photo: Traffic Policing Affairs Limpopo

According to Mike Maringa, the media liaison officer for the department, the fatalities include 16 people who were travelling in the bus and the driver of the SUV. The driver of the bus was among the fatalities, he said.

Photo: Traffic Policing Affairs Limpopo

“Eight people were injured, six sustained serious injuries while two escaped with minor injuries.”

Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya urged motorists to inspect their vehicles before embarking on a road trip. “It is concerning that most of the fatal accidents reported along the N1 have a common cause.”

Lerule-Ramakhanya sent messages of condolence to families who lost loved ones in the incident and wished a speedy recovery to the survivors.

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