N1 closed after collision in Free State

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Both lanes of the N1 road were closed in the Free State on Monday morning, 12 December 2022, following a fatal collision which so far claimed the lives of 11 people.

According to the Free State Provincial Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson, Sipho Towa, the road has been closed completely for recovery.

This morning, 11 people died on the scene following a head-on collision between a truck and a minibus taxi — travelling from Gauteng to the Free State — on the N1, about 20km before the Verkeerdevlei Toll Plaza. The latest victim’s body was retrieved from underneath the taxi by emergency personnel.

Towa said two more people were critically injured, and one suffered minor injuries. The patients were transported to the Pelonomi Trauma Hospital in Bloemfontein.

The truck driver is said to have escaped the accident with no injuries, but it’s not yet known if the taxi driver is among those who survived or not.

“At about 03:25, Emergency Medical Services were activated after a collision on the N1 between Verkeerdevlei and Winburg. On arrival, they noticed that a truck and a taxi collided head-on and that bodies were lying on the side of the road, with some trapped in the taxi,” Towa added.

Motorists are advised to use an alternative route if possible. Authorities are on the scene. This is a developing story.

Lucky Nkuyane/OFM News