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CCTV footage reveals bakkie is to blame for deadly Limpopo crash

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CCTV footage of the fatal crash between a truck and a bakkie has revealed that the bakkie driver lost control and encroached onto the tanker truck’s lane causing a head-on crash.

SA Trucker reported earlier that at least six people were killed when a bakkie and a truck collided on Monday morning.

The accident happened on a stretch of road known as Manyathela curve between Sasol Garage and the Baobab Toll Plaza on the N1 in Vhembe District.

“The six who died include a 35-year-old driver, four passengers aged between 8 and 15, and an infant,” said Limpopo department of transport and community safety spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene.

Read also: Watch: CCTV captures crash between bakkie and car on N1 in Limpopo

As initially suspected, fatigue may have caused the accident as the bakkie can be seen in the video leaving its lane before colliding with the truck.

The tanker truck can be seen trying to avoid avoid colliding with the bakkie but it was roo late. The two vehicles collide causing the truck to lose control and leave the road.

The bakkie stays on the road but its passengers and luggage is sprewn all over the road.

Meanwhile, the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani, sent condolences to the families of the dead.

“We are saddened by these fatalities and send our deepest condolences to the families that are affected in this tragic incident. We continue to plead with all motorists to obey the rules of the road, for everyone to arrive at their respective destinations alive and sound,” said MEC Radzilani.

In the same district on December 19, six people lost their lives during a horrific motor vehicle collision on the N1, south of Makhado, near Lalapanzi Hotel in the Vhembe District.

Four women and two men were declared dead at the scene. Watch the CCTV footage of the crash here.

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