Minister saddened after 15 killed in NW crash

The accident happened when an overloaded delivery vehicle and a bus collided in Mogwase.

FILE: Transport Minister Ben Martins. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Ben Martins on Monday said he was shocked and saddened to learn of a car crash that killed 15 people in the North West.

It was reported that 29 others were injured in Sunday's crash.

The accident happened when an overloaded delivery vehicle and a bus collided in Mogwase.

Martins sent his condolences to the families of the victims and has wished the injured a speedy recovery.

An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

Transport Department Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso revealed the minister's thoughts on reducing the number of major accidents on South African roads.

"It is the minister's belief that if we join hands together with government, at all spheres and all levels, we will be able to turn the corner against the current road carnage that we are experiencing."

The South Africa Police Service (SAPS) reported that the accident happened on the R510 at the Sandfontein village off-ramp, near Sun City, at around 2.30pm.

According to the SAPS statement, the delivery van transporting 14 passengers, "tried to overtake three vehicles and collided head-on with the oncoming bus carrying 29 people, including the driver."

Everyone in the van died instantly.

All those on board the bus were taken to a nearby hospital.

"We would like to send a stern warning against drivers who use panel vans and any other goods carriers as mode of transport for passengers or commuters."