Multiple car crashes claim lives

Authorities plead with the public to drive responsibly and avoid injury.

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CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Thirteen people have been seriously injured after a minibus overturned on the M1 between the Corlett Drive and Athol Oaklands off-ramps this morning.

All the injured people were transported to nearby hospitals in the area.

Netcare 911 says police will investigate the cause of the accident.

"The mini-bus had been overturned resulting in 13 people being injured. The injured people were all treated on scene before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further care.

"Exact details on the cause of the accident and preceeding events will remain the subject of a police investigation."

In another incident last night a nine year old boy has died after being hit by a car on Pamela Street in Roodepoort West of Joburg last night.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann says the boy died as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.

In a separate incident on Thursday night, a Cape Town woman ploughed into a spaza shop in Khayelitsha killing herself and two people, may've been speeding.

The woman crashed into the shack near mew way on Thursday night.

Two Somali men were killed while she later died of her injuries.

Western Cape traffic authorities are again appealing to motorists to drive carefully on the roads this weekend following a spate of fatalities.

10 people died in separate car accidents on the provinces roads last Saturday and Sunday alone.

In a bid to reduce the carnage several additional roadblocks have been planned over the next 48 hours.

Traffic chief Kenny Africa has urged the public; "Please do not drink and drive, do not take chances to overtake vehicles when it is not safe to do so. There will be absolutely no mercy."