3 die as truck slams into broken-down taxi

Mbombela - Three people were killed and five people were injured when a truck crashed into the back of a taxi between the Lebombo border post and Komatipoort on Monday, the Mpumalanga safety and security department said.

"The taxi had a breakdown and passengers were trying to push it when a truck came from behind and rammed into the minibus," spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

"Three people were killed instantly while one person was seriously injured and four other people sustained moderate injuries.

He said the injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital.

The accident happened about 4km from the border. The taxi was travelling from Komatipoort.

The cause of the accident was unknown and police were investigating.