Sixteen people were killed when a minibus taxi and an SUV collided on a highway in South Africa’s northeastern Limpopo province on Tuesday. A local official gave this information.
Provincial Transport Ministry spokesman Mike Maringa told AFP on Wednesday that the driver of the SUV lost control after a tire burst and collided with a 22-seat Mercedes-Benz bus.
“The bus caught fire and 16 people trapped inside were burnt alive,” he said.
He said the SUV driver died in the collision. Eight others narrowly escaped with injuries.
Privately owned minibus taxis are widely used by the public commuting in South Africa.
Despite having one of the most developed highway networks on the continent, South Africa has one of the world’s worst records for road safety – a phenomenon commonly attributed to poor driving.
According to the government, about 1,500 people were killed on the streets during the Christmas holidays.
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