The R101 is now open for traffic following a head-on collision that claimed three lives this morning. A Scania truck collided head-on with a 22 Seater bus between Polokwane Weighbridge and The Ranch Hotel. Three people were certified dead on the scene and two others were rushed to the hospital. Preliminary investigations suggest that fatigue or unsafe overtaking could be the possible cause of the accident. The deceased include drivers of both vehicles and a female passenger from the bus.
The road was closed for about 5 hours for emergency personnel to retrieve the bodies from the wreckages and to clear the scene.
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Rakhanya has sent messages of condolences to the affected families and a speedy recovery wishes to the injured. The MEC is urging motorists to drive with caution and to rest when they are tired.
“I want to send my sincere condolences to the victims of the R101 accident and to caution drivers who are travelling long distances to rest when they feel tired. We have lost over 10 lives since Friday and we plead with motorists to drive safe and arrive alive” Says MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya