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Road crash kills 15 in South Africa

Published on 25/01/2014

Fifteen people, including two children, were killed in northeastern South Africa when a truck and a minibus collided head on late Friday, government said Saturday.

“There were two children among the dead and there’s only one survivor from the bus, a passenger who was critically injured,” Mpumalanga province safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has ordered police to investigate the accident and “leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of the cause of this horrific crash”.

Despite its sophisticated road networks, South Africa battles a high rate of road fatalities, with about 38 killed on average per day, according to government figures.

Nearly 1,200 people died in road crashes during December last year.