Seven lives lost in two separate crashes in 24 hours.

Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe has urged motorists to respect the rules and use the road with great caution amid two head on collisions that claimed the lives of seven people in two separate crashes that occurred over the last 24 hours.

“We cannot lose lives needlessly on the road due negligence and recklessness of some drivers. Motorists must obey the rules all the time to avoid these crashes. Those who are guilty of reckless and negligent driving must be punished and our law enforcers should not show any leniency to those who break the law and endanger the lives of other people,” Shongwe said.

The first crash happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in a head-on collision that occurred on R538 Road between a VW Polo and Mazda Sting sedans. The accident happened on R538 Road outside White River towards Mshadza trust and three people were killed, they all died at the scene.

The victims are all males aged between 25 and 35 years. The VW sedan was travelling from the direction of Mshadza Trust while the other vehicle was coming from White River direction. The deceased include the driver of the Mazda sedan, a passenger from Mazda vehicle and the driver of the VW Polo vehicle.

The three seriously injured people were transported to Themba Hospital in Kabokweni. The preliminary investigations suggest that fatigue may have led to the collision.

In another crash that occurred last night around 21h00, four people lost their lives when a VW Polo vehicle and a KIA sedan collided head-on last around 21h00 on R568 Road between Siyabuswa and Kameelrivier. The deceased are all males and include both drivers and their passengers. They were aged between 22 and 30 years of age. No other injuries were reported. The deceased were declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the collision remains unclear, but it is suspected that one of the drivers lost control and veered onto the oncoming traffic. The investigation into the two crashes is already underway.  MEC Shongwe sent condolences to all the affected families and is also wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

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