27 killed and dozens injured in a multiple car collision in South Africa


Most of the victims were taken to the RK Khan and Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospitals. Many schoolgirls returning home from the Annual Reed Dance in Nongoma have died in the crash. The accident was filmed on a driver’s Dashcam. The M13 in the direction of Durban was temporarily closed.
“The road conditions on M13 are not appropriate for trucks”, said Rick Crouch from Democratic Alliance. He explained that the hill make emergency stops very difficult or impossible. The supposition is that the truck’s brakes failed.
The 23 year old truck driver was arrested. He was charged with negligent driving and culpable homicide.  He will appear in the Pinetown Magistrates Court on Monday. The Transport Minister Dipuo Peters ordered a high level investigation of this dramatic accident.
In July this year 158 people lost their life in road accidents in the southeastern province.
“This was the third collision destroying many lives in just a few days”, said presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj. He also said: “We extend our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the deceased and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery.”


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