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Mpumalanga truck crash victims laid to rest

24 people who died when a truck collided with a train in Mpumalanga will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Rescue personnel load a patient into a helicopter after a train & truck accident in Mpumalanga on 13 July 2012. Picture: ER24

JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-four of the 25 people who died when a truck crashed into a train in Mpumalanga will be laid to rest at the Kamhlushwa Stadium on Saturday.

The truck, which was carrying farm workers, collided with a goods train at a level crossing on the N4 Highway between Malelane and Hectorspruit last week Friday.

Government officials, including Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza are expected to address mourners.

Over 20 others were injured in the crash.

Spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Joseph Mabuza, said they held a service earlier today. He said families would visit burial sites without officials present.

Meanwhile, truck driver George Mandlazi will remain in custody until 14 August, after he was denied bail by the Barberton Magistrate's Court last week.