Four people died while 10 others were injured when a bus transporting Zimbabwean returnees collided head-on with a kombi early Friday morning between Musina and Makhado (Louis Trichardt) towns in South Africa.
The bus was travelling to Zimbabwe while the minibus was travelling towards Makhado town along the N1 highway.
The incident occurred around 5 am near Sasol service station some 35 km before Musina town as the kombi was fleeing from a security checkpoint, with police in hot pursuit.
Limpopo’s Department of Transport and Community Safety on Friday said that the driver of the minibus and three passengers were certified dead on the scene. The Department said in a statement:
It is alleged that the driver of the minibus taxi lost control and collided head-on with an oncoming bus.
The taxi driver allegedly refused to stop at a security checkpoint resulting in a high-speed chase with the police. The accident happened during the chase.
Two people were critically injured, while two others escaped with serious injuries, and another six were treated for minor wounds.
As a result of the accident, the road was temporarily closed for over three hours to allow emergency personnel to clear the wreckage.