Unborn baby among 13 killed in horrific truck and taxi crash

21 October 2020 - 11:06 By Orrin Singh
An unborn child was among those killed in the crash in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
An unborn child was among those killed in the crash in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
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Thirteen people, including an unborn baby, have been killed in a horrific head-on collision between a taxi and a truck on the R34 between Ulundi and Melmoth, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Lucky Sibisi of KwaZulu Private Ambulance said the accident happened at about 8am on Wednesday.

“Thirteen people have been killed, including an unborn baby who came out of the mother due to the impact of the collision. Four others have been critically injured. At least three of the taxi passengers were burnt beyond recognition,” Sibisi said. 

The taxi was reportedly heading for Durban from Nongoma, while the truck had been travelling towards Vryheid from Melmoth, said Sibisi.

The truck driver also died in the crash.

This is the second recent major accident in the province. Two weeks ago, 13 members of the Mndali family lost their lives in a taxi crash in the Kilmun area of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The relatives had all been returning from a traditional ceremony at the time.

They were laid to rest on Saturday.

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