EIGHTEEN people, most of them Zimbabweans, were seriously injured when three vehicles were involved in a pile up between Beitbridge border post and Musina town in South Africa.
Musina police spokesperson Constable Dakalo Ramagweda said the incident occurred around 6AM last Friday along the N1 highway.
She said investigations were still in progress, although initial indications were that the accident was caused by an overtaking error.
“A Toyota Quantum travelling from the border post towards Musina was involved in a head on collision with another commuter omnibus which was travelling from Musina. A few minutes later a speeding Toyota metered taxi which was travelling from Musina rammed into the commuter omnibus.
A total of 18 people were injured as a result,” she said.
Cst Ramagweda said the emergency services and the police rushed the injured to Musina Government Hospital.
She said most of the victims suffered multiple body injuries but were yesterday reported to be in a stable condition.
A majority of the victims, the police spokesperson said, were Zimbabweans.
“As police we continue to encourage drivers to always adhere to traffic regulations and not to overtake when they can’t see clearly. We believe this accident was a result of human error and was therefore avoidable,” said Cst Ramagweda.
Last year seven people died near the same spot when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck.
A total of 38 Zimbabweans have died in road accidents in Limpopo province in the last 12 months.