Friday, 15 April 2022 18:07

11 killed in N1 crash between Beaufort West and Leeu Gamka.

Staff Reporter.

Eleven people have died after a bus and minibus collided on the N1 near Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape on Good Friday.

The Western Cape Transport Department said another 13 people were injured in the crash on Friday.

The accident took place at approximately 6:00 near the N1-7 3, 6N route marker.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) said the taxi, which it believed was headed for the Eastern Cape, had stopped on the side of the road to deal with a tyre-related problem.

It's alleged that the bus, which was travelling from Beaufort West towards Cape Town, collided with the stationary taxi.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane said, "We have sent a team of investigators to the Western Cape. The exact cause of the accident is unknown but investigations will reveal what really happened immediately prior to the accident."

 

On Thursday, Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell said the province was expecting busy roads over the Easter weekend.

"We encourage all those who will be traveling this weekend to practise good driver behaviour, comply with the rules of the road, stay within the legal speed limits and observe adequate rest periods during travel in order to avoid fatigue," he said.

The provincial traffic department had a number of interventions planned to promote road safety.

Premier Alan Winde added: "It is important that we take every measure to promote safety on our roads over this period. Doing so will ensure that we reduce pressure on our healthcare system and save lives.