SA police name border accident victims
The crash took place two kilometres from the Beitbridge border post along the N1 highway.
The victims are Alice Chipato (26), Mavis Chipato (59), Yvonne Rufaro Mhlanga (29), Faith Nyabutsi (32), Nyaradzai Dzvuke (37), Nomathemba Mpofu (38) and Batsirai Pasipanodya (32).
The vehicles collided at around 5am near the weighbridge when the driver of the border post-bound haulage truck made a right turn in front of the speeding kombi which was travelling towards Musina with 15 passengers.
Seven people died instantly and nine others were seriously injured
Limpopo Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said all the 15 passengers in the kombi were Zimbabweans.
She said eight of the injured were undergoing treatment at Musina Government Hospital while one, who was another critically injured, had been taken to Polokwane Provincial Hospital.
“Among the deceased were six women and one man,” she said.
“Their bodies are still at Musina Hospital mortuary and relatives have since started collecting the remains for burial,” she said.
The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links that country to the rest of Africa and it is the route, which handles a lot of commercial cargo movement.
Last year, more than 10 Zimbabweans were killed in road carnage between Musina and Polokwane.