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12 killed after SUV smashes into 22-seater bus, igniting fire

Twelve people have died and at least 8 injured after a SUV burst into flames when it hit a 22-seater Mercedes Benz bus.

The head-on collision happened in South Africa’s northwestern province of Limpopo.

Scene of the crash near MOOKGOPHONG, Limpopo South Africa

A spokesman from the Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety reported that the driver of the Toyota SUV lost control of the vehicle when a tyre burst.

This led to the horror head-on crash with the Mercedes Benz bus.

The full statement on Facebook read:

Twelve people were killed and eight others escaped with injuries in a head-on collision involving a 22 seater Iveco bus and a Toyota SUV on the N1 near Mookgophong off-ramp.

It is alleged that the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle due to a tyre burst and collided head-on with a 22 seater Mercedes Benz bus.

The bus burst into flames and eleven occupants trapped inside were burnt to death.

The driver of the SUV was also killed on impact.

Eight people survived, six are seriously injured and two escaped with minor injuries.

Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has sent messages of condolences to the affected families and wish speedy recovery to the survivors.

The MEC is once again pleading with Motorists to inspect their vehicles before they get into the road. She is concerned that most of the fatal accidents reported on the N1 have a common cause.

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