Thursday, 20 December 2018

Clocolan: On Wednesday 19 December 2018, a Toyota Quantum taxi minibus collided with a stationery Nissan truck at the R26 road 10km from Clocolan.

It is alleged that the truck with Gauteng registration numbers, was stationery on the side of the road as it had run out of fuel. The driver was standing at the rear end of the truck so as to alert other motorists to evade collision.

However the driver of the minibus taxi drove directly towards the driver of the truck and hit him, thereafter collided with the stationery truck. The truck driver aged between 35 and 40, died at the scene.

Six people who were in the minibus taxi also died at the scene whilst 10 sustained various injuries and were taken to Newberry local hospital to receive medical attention.

The taxi driver is amongst those who sustained serious injuries. Further investigation revealed that the taxi was from North West to Lesotho. A case of culpable homicide has been opened and is being investigated.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, Lieutenant General Moeketsi Sempe expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and wished the injured speedy recovery.

He further retaliated that, it is painful that people should lose their lives in such a manner at the time when families are coming together to celebrate festive season holidays. He urged drivers to exercise caution and patience on the roads.

Names of the deceased will be withheld until the next of kin have been informed.

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