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[PARYS] Eight killed, eighteen injured in N1 collision

At least eight people died, and eighteen others sustained various injuries in a multiple vehicle collision along the N1 between Sasolburg and Kroonstad on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 2.30pm, paramedics from ER24 and local emergency services arrived on the scene where they found a truck, a minibus and a small bakkie to have been involved in the collision. Several people were found on the road as some were ejected from the minibus during the collision. Two people were found outside of the minibus with fatal injuries while six others were found with fatal injuries inside of the vehicle. There was nothing that could have been done for them and they were declared dead on the scene.

Three people sustained serious injuries. Two people were airlifted by two separate medical helicopters to a hospital on Joburg’s east rand and the other to a hospital in the west rand.

The remainder of the patients were treated on the scene for various injuries and later transported to hospitals in the area. The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known. Local authorities attended the scene and will conduct an investigation.