Four children among six dead in N1 North incident

One person was also killed by a speeding vehicle when trying to cross the R71 in Limpopo this morning.

The Department of Transport said seven people were killed in two separate incidents on Limpopo’s roads this morning.

Media liaison officer Mike Maringa said the first incident claimed the lives of six people when the driver of a speeding Toyota Fortuner lost control of the vehicle and overturned on the N1 North next to Baobab tollgate outside Musina.

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“A 35-year-old male driver, a 34-year-old female passenger and four children were declared dead on the scene,” he said.

Maringa added that three passengers escaped with serious injuries and were rushed to the Musina Hospital. “Preliminary investigations are pointing at reckless driving as a possible cause of the accident.”

In a seperate incident, a pedestrian was killed by a speeding sedan when trying to cross the R71 at Mamahule. Maringa said a 35-year-old male was certified dead on the scene.

Transport MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is concerned about the number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians and speeding vehicles registered in the province, especially on the notorious R71 road stretching from Polokwane to Phalaborwa.

She has urged motorists to drive within the prescribed speed limit and passengers to ensure that they only cross busy roads when it is safe to do so.

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