Seven people perish in two separate crashes on N4 toll near Mbombela

Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe has called on motorists to use the road with heightened vigilance following the loss of seven lives in two separate crashes on the N4 toll road near Mbombela on Sunday, the 27th of June.

In the first crash, six men were killed in a head on collision that occurred on the N4 toll road between Kanyamazane and Matsulu near the Gorge.  The collission occurred between an Isuzu Truck and a Toyota Fortuner Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).  Six of the deceased were occupants in the SUV and they include the driver and five passengers. The victims are all males and were declared dead at the scene.

The two seriously injured people, including the driver of the truck, were rushed to a hospital in Mbombela for medical treatment.

In another incident, there was a t-bone type of collision between a truck and a sedan on the N4 toll road at Alkmaar towards Mbombela. The driver passed away at the scene. Three people sustained serious injuries and the injured include one adult and two children.  The injured were also rushed to a nearby hospital in Mbombela. The cause of these two crashes is still under the investigation.

“It is disheartening to be losing lives at this rate on our roads especially at night. We are pleading with drivers to obey the rules and drive with extreme caution for their sake and that of other road users. With increased compliance to the rules, deadly crashes will be drastically reduced,” Shongwe said.

The MEC also sent condolences to the bereaved families wished those who were injured a speedy recovery.

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