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Public transport accidents on the rise

At least 63 people have now died in public transport accidents in less than two weeks.

FILE: At least 63 people have now died in public transport accidents in less than two weeks. Picture:  Netcare 911

JOHANNESBURG - At least 63 people have now died in public transport accidents in less than two weeks despite national efforts to stop deaths on the country's roads.

This also comes just a few days after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters launched her festive season 'Arrive Alive' campaign.

With the festive season around the corner, transport authorities and the president have expressed their concern over driver behaviour on the roads.

In the latest accident involving a taxi and a bakkie, seven people died in Mpumalanga on Saturday.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the bakkie lost control and drove over a lane reserved for oncoming vehicles and collided with a taxi.

In KwaZulu-Natal at least 15 people were killed when a minibus taxi drove into a stationary truck near Umkomaas on Friday.

The driver has been arrested for dunk driving.

Earlier on Friday 11 people died in Limpopo when the bus they were travelling in overtook another car on the barrier line when it collided with a sedan.

Another 47 people were injured.

Nearly two weeks ago 30 commuters died on the notorious Moloto Road in Mpumalanga when a Putco bus collided head on with a truck.

Meanwhile, a car crash on the west coast near Elandsbaai has left three people dead while two others were seriously injured.

The accident occurred earlier on Sunday.

It's believed the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Western Cape EMS spokesperson, Robert Daniels says, "One kilometer outside Elandsbaai was a scene of a vehicle accident. Three people were found dead at the scene and two are critically injured.

"They've been taken to Clanwilliam Hospital"