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Update: Trucker, five others killed in Mokopane fiery crash

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A truck driver, a motorist and four pedestrians, have been killed in a multi-vehicle crash at Mokopane in Limpopo.

It’s believed that a truck’s brakes failed, causing it to crash in to five vehicles on Wednesday.

Limpopo traffic spokesperson Mike Maringa says the truck and vehicles subsequently burst into flames.

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The truck driver and the passenger were both burnt beyond recognition.

“It is alleged that the truck failed to brake at the corner of Thabo Mbeki and Retief streets, it crashed into five vehicles in front, lost control and knocked and killed four pedestrians before crashing into a bank building,” says Maringa.

“The vehicles and the building caught fire after the impact.The truck driver and the passenger were burnt in the truck.”

Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya says the increase in the number of fatal crashes where people have been burnt beyond recognition is a concern.

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