Christmas Day crash claims 4 lives

Four people have been killed in yet another fatal car crash, this time in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

File picture: A road accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort West claimed four lives on 16 December 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Yet another fatal accident has added to the country's death toll, which the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Tuesday was likely to be more than 1, 000.

Four people were killed late on Tuesday evening, when two cars collided head-on in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.

Paramedics said the jaws-of-life had to be used to remove the bodies from both cars.

ER24 spokesperson Dereck Banks on Wednesday said the crash was being investigated by police.

"It is unclear who was at fault, but both vehicles were found in the road with extensive damage. The ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and assessed the four occupants - they all sustained traumatic and fatal injuries."

Meanwhile, eight people were injured after the taxi they were travelling in crashed into a tree in Braamfontein earlier today.

Paramedics said the exact details of the the accident were not yet known.

RTMC spokesman Ashraf Ismail has said the majority of accidents reported nationally were head on collisions.

In the Western Cape, authorities say the province's road death toll has risen to 142 since the beginning of December.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says speedsters, drunk drivers and other road offenders will face prosecution if caught.