Thu, 17 Oct 2019

Two people died in a crash involving an articulated bus and a bakkie on the R71 between Letsitele and Gravelotte in Limpopo on Saturday morning, paramedics have confirmed.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak in a statement said the collision occurred in the early hours.

"Shortly after 05:30, paramedics from ER24 and various rescue services, including disaster management, arrived on the scene. Multiple patients were found sitting and lying near the bus," Vermaak said.

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"A bakkie was found wedged completely under the front of the bus... Paramedics established an incident command system and triaged the various patients on scene."

Of the injured occupants, one suffered a severe injury to his hand.

The injured were taken to Maphutha L. Malatji and Letaba hospitals for treatment.

Initially unable to gain access to the occupants of the bakkie, paramedics later confirmed that the two men were declared dead on the scene.

According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, the two men died instantly. They were identified as MF Burger, 36, and Jan Hendrick Louis, 66, who were both from Phalaborwa.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened and the cause of this accident is not yet clear.

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