Three people died and 14 others were injured when a bakkie carrying mourners overturned in Marite this morning.
The provincial community safety, security and liaison department said three people died after the morning crash.
According to the spokesperson for the department, Moeti Mmusi, the crash occurred when a light delivery vehicle overturned on the R40 road between Hazyview and Marite around 8am.
“Two people were declared dead at the scene while the third person died at the hospital. Fourteen more people sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Matikwane and Tintswalo hospitals respectively,” Mmusi said.
He added that the group of travellers were part of a funeral procession from one of the farming areas. While the cause of the crash is still being investigated, it is suspected that the driver may have lost control before the vehicle overturned.
Community safety, security and liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe reiterated the call for motorists to obey the rules and drive cautiously.
He stressed that tragedies such as this were avoidable. Shongwe conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.