Five die in Middelburg accident

Johannesburg - Five people were killed and a woman was critically injured when two cars collided and caught fire on the N4 near Middelburg, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday afternoon, paramedics said.

"When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, they found the two light motor vehicles in the middle of the road well alight. Provincial fire services were on scene busy fighting the fire," ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

"On assessment, paramedics discovered that four people from one vehicle and one person from the second vehicle had unfortunately been burnt to death."

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, was in a critical condition and had been pulled from one of the burning cars by a tow truck driver.

"Paramedics immediately began their treatment of the patient, providing her with advanced life support for her severe injuries," Meiring said.

"Once her vital signs were stable, she was transported to Middelburg Hospital for urgent medical treatment."

The cause of the accident was unknown.

Police were investigating.