One person dies in PTA crash

Paramedics say a woman died in a car crash following a large veld fire on the N1 in Pretoria.

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PRETORIA - As many as 20 vehicles were caught up in two separate accidents on the same stretch of the N1 highway in northern Pretoria, Tshwane metro police confirmed on Tuesday.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said one woman was trapped in her car and died on the scene.

One person was rushed to hospital and is in a critical condition.

Several drivers and passengers suffered minor injuries.

Tshwane metro police spokesman Console Tleane said the road would reopen on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.

He urged motorists to avoid the N1 as rescue workers tried to clear the area.

Emergency personnel said a large veld fire appeared to have caused the accidents.