KZN horror crash: 13 dead as truck and taxi collide on R66 highway

A fatal collision on the R34 Mthonjaneni pass in KwaZulu-Natal has claimed the lives of 13 people and left a further four critically injured. According to Arrive Alive, the KZN horror crash took place after a truck collided with a minibus taxi after 8:00 on Wednesday morning 21 October 2020. 

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KZN HORROR CRASH KILLS 13 PEOPLE 

On Tuesday morning at approximately 8:30, KwaZulu-Natal Private Ambulance Services responded to the R34 Mthonjaneni pass after reports of a collision.

“When emergency services arrived they found that a truck and taxi had collided. Resulting in the truck leaving the roadway and crashing down an embankment, as well as the taxi catching fire,” Arrive Alive said in a statement. 

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“Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found four critically injured patients, and tragically, a further 13 occupants had sustained fatal injuries and succumbed to their injuries before emergency services arrived,” it added. 

Paramedics stabilised the critically injured patients and transported them to hospital for further treatment.

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“Currently the R34 is closed while the scene is being investigated and cleared by authorities,” it said. 

South African Police Services (SAPS) Colonel Thembeka Mbele also confirmed the KZN horror crash on Tuesday. 

“It is alleged that today, a minibus taxi with passengers collided with a truck on R66 highway. The minibus taxi burst in flames and 13 people have been declared dead. A case of culpable homicide will be opened at Ulundi SAPS. Police are still at the scene,” she said. 

FAMILY OF 12 KILLED IN KWAZULU-NATAL TAXI CRASH 

Less than two weeks ago on 10 October 2020, a family of 12, including a child, perished in a taxi crash in KZN. The taxi the family was travelling in reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. 

The family were travelling back home after attending a traditional ceremony when the accident happened at Kilimon between Underberg and Bulwer. Three survivors who sustained injuries were taken to hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Bheki Ntuli described the fatal crash as “gut-wrenching and very painful.”

“My heart goes out to the family that lost 12 loved ones in this horrific accident. As the provincial government, we commit to working with the family during this difficult period. I would also like to wish those in hospital a speedy recovery.”

Paramedics from several private ambulance services were in attendance along with the KZN EMS.

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Presh JM Reporter

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