EIGHT people suspected to be Zimbabweans have been killed in two separate car accidents on the N1 highway outside Musina in Vhembe, Limpopo.
The two accidents happened on Thursday night.
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety spokesperson Mike Maringa says in the first fatal crash, the driver lost control of the vehicle while driving reckless.
“Six people were killed and fourteen escaped with serious injuries on the N1 South outside Musina in Vhembe.
“It is alleged that the driver of an overloaded Nissan Navara loading van lost control of the vehicle and overturned it.
“The driver and five passengers were confirmed dead on the scene and fourteen other passengers were taken to the Musina Hospital with serious injuries. Reckless driving has been cited as the possible cause of the accident,” says Maringa.
The majority if not all of rhe six people killed are believed to be Zimbabwean nationals.
In a separate accident a few hours later, two people were killed while two others were injured.
“In another accident, two people were killed in a head-on collision on the same stretch of the road. It is reported that a Nissan loading van collided head-on with an Audi sedan and both drivers were killed on impact.
“Two passengers from the loading van escaped with injuries,” adds Maringa.
Maringa says the department is concerned that people continue to disregard traffic rules despite the increase in fatal crashes.
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety Member of Executive Committee (MEC), Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya said she was concerned that people continued to disregard traffic rules despite the recent increase of fatal road accidents.
She said indications were that speed, reckless and negligent driving were contributing to the surge in road carnages.