8 killed in crash on way to funeral

Mbombela - Eight people who were on their way to a funeral died when their vehicle collided head-on with a light delivery truck near Thulamahashe in Mpumalanga on Saturday.

They were travelling to fetch the hearse for the funeral, the province's safety and security department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The group was travelling in an eight-seater Toyota Verso when it collided with the truck at around 05:00 along the D501 road near Thulamahashe.

Four people, two from each vehicle were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

Mabuza said police were investigating a possible case of drunken driving.

The Democratic Alliance on Sunday sent its condolences to the families of the eight victims.

"The DA, along with the rest of Mpumalanga shares the tragic loss suffered by the bereaved, and wishes those who suffered injuries a speedy recovery," the DA's provincial safety and security spokesperson Jane Sithole said.

Sithole urged people to be alert on the road, to obey the rules of the road and to ensure that their vehicles were roadworthy.

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Adrian Woon 2014-08-10 02:59:53 PM
Tragic. R.I.P. Condolences to their families. What is happening on SA's roads? How many more deaths before the Government steps in and enforces law and order, prosecutes people caught driving under the influence of alcohol, ensures all vehicles on the road are roadworthy etc.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-10 02:59:57 PM
Firstly a verso is a seven seater and not a 8 seater
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-10 03:04:25 PM
Secondly please state if theres investigations against the verso driver or the truck driver???
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-10 03:06:42 PM
Thirdly was there more than 8people in the verso?
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-10 03:09:06 PM
If my calculation is corect there was 10 people in verso and two people in the truck
Edward Radingoana 2014-08-10 03:09:40 PM
The worst news
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-10 03:13:29 PM
Adrian i do agree with you but its up to the citizens to become law abiding and play their part i give you an exsample i drive to and fro from work for many years never been stopped but i wear my safety belt i indicate even when no cars in sight and drive below the speed limit
Mashile Emerald 2014-08-10 03:23:34 PM
May the almighty be with my neighbour in this time of grief. I didn't know them very well bt i could say he was a loving person. Rest in peace
Nico de Jongh 2014-08-10 03:44:57 PM
So many head-on collisions by drivers who can't see or think further than the bonnet of their car.. wrecking so many people's lives for no reason but stupid irrisponsable behavior.
Asisipho Kiva 2014-08-10 03:54:51 PM
From funeral TO funerals...my their soul rest in peace