Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:52

Death toll rises to 17 in horror accident on N1 in Limpopo.

Staff Reporter.

A 22-seater Iveco bus and a Toyota SUV collided on the N1 near Mookgophong off-ramp in Limpopo on Tuesday when the driver of the SUV reportedly lost control after a tyre burst.

Officials on Wednesday confirmed the death toll now stands at 17. As of Tuesday evening, 12 people had died while eight escaped with injuries.

Several passengers were trapped in the burning bus, and authorities confirmed five more bodies were discovered trapped in the debris.

Arrive Alive reported that the bus "burst into flames and eleven occupants trapped inside were burnt to death; the driver of the SUV was also killed on impact".

The department of transport and community safety on Tuesday evening said in a statement that the driver of the SUV collided head-on with the 22 seater bus when a tyre burst.

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya sent messages of condolences to the affected families.

"The MEC has once again pleaded with motorists to inspect their vehicles before they get on the road. She raised a concern that most of the fatal accidents reported on the N1 have a common cause."