Monday, June 19, 2006

22 killed on roads this morning

By Megan Hartogh

A total of 22 people have lost their lives on the country’s roads on Monday morning alone. Twelve of the deceased were passengers in a taxi that was involved in an accident on the N1 near Leeu-Gamka in the Western Cape. It is reported that the taxi apparently drove into the back of a bus, 20km outside the town. According to Metro Rescue officials, eleven other taxi passengers were taken to the Beaufort West hospital – two with serious and nine with minor injuries. Meanwhile, ten people lost their lives in a bus accident between Kroonstad and Koppies in the Free State at 1 a.m. on Monday morning. According to police spokesperson, Rosa Benade, the bus overturned with 60 passengers on board. Benade says that the cause of the accident is still unknown.

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