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Truck Driver’s Reckless Driving Blamed for Limpopo Crash that Left 13 Dead

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“Reckless driving” on the part of the truck driver has been cited as the reason behind the fatal crash in Limpopo on Tuesday morning.

Thirteen people were killed when a truck collided with a minibus taxi after the truck allegedly drove in the oncoming lane near Polokwane, Limpopo.

The taxi was transporting teachers on Tuesday when the truck crashed into them on Dendron Road in Ga-Hlala at about 5.30am

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No-one survived, said Vongani Chauke, spokesperson for Limpopo transport and community MEC Florence Radzilani.

“We confirm 13 people died in the accident, which includes the drivers of the minibus and the truck. Nine of the deceased passengers were female and two were male,” Chauke told SA Trucker.

He said the cause of the accident was reckless driving as the truck driver drove in the oncoming lane.

It was reported the passengers were teachers but Chauke said details about where they were travelling to were yet to be confirmed.

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The families of the dead arrived at the accident scene where they were directed to the Polokwane morgue to identify their loved ones.

Radzilani attended the scene to offer support to the bereaved families, Chauke said.

“The MEC engaged the families and that is where she relayed her messages of condolences. The scene is cleared now,” he said.

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