Incidents August 23, 2023
[R31] – Head-on collision leaves one dead, twenty injured.
One person was killed this morning, and twenty others were injured when a minibus and a light motor vehicle collided head-on on the R31 between Kuruman and Hotazel.
ER24 and several other services arrived on the scene after 07h00 to find a minibus and a light motor vehicle on the side of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.
On closer inspection, medics found the drivers lying trapped inside their vehicles while numerous others were lying on the roadside.
Medics assessed the patients and found that one person had already succumbed to their numerous injuries. Nothing could be done for them, and they were declared dead.
Twenty other patients, including the entrapped drivers, were assessed and found to have sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.
Rescue Services had to use specialised equipment to free the entrapped whilst medics treated the patients and provided them with advanced life support before they were transported to nearby hospitals for further care.
The exact details surrounding this incident are unknown but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.