The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is currently investigating the cause of a collision between a minibus and a truck on the R66 between Ulundi and Melmoth in the northern part of the province.
Thirteen people were killed and four others critically injured in the collision which happened on Wednesday morning. It is the second major crash in the province this month.
Two weeks ago 13 people from the same family were killed in a minibus taxi crash between Underberg and Bulwer near the southern Drakensberg.
KZN Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says, “At this stage, we are still investigating the cause of the accident, but the reports we have received which are unconfirmed at this stage, suggest that there are 13 people who have lost their lives when a taxi collided with a truck and it caught fire.”
“However our teams are currently [investigating]. They are both from road traffic inspectorate municipality and South African Police Service. The MEC has also [sent] a high-level team from the province to visit the scene so that they are able to assist,”adds Ncalane.