Zuma saddened by Polokwane accident

Jacob Zuma has expressed his shock at the deaths of four police officers and a truck driver.

A grocery truck collided with another truck carrying blasting cartridges on the stretch of tarmac between Mokopane and Polokwane on 27 February 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has expressed his shock and sadness at the deaths of four police officers and a truck driver after a truck carrying explosives blew up in Limpopo this morning.

Police officers were responding to an accident scene where a truck carrying groceries had crashed into the rear of another truck carrying explosives.

The four officers and the driver of the grocery truck were killed instantly while another three people were injured, one of them critically.

Zuma expressed the government's condolences while addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament.

"Fellow South Africans, allow me to express our shock and sadness at the tragic death of our four police officers and a truck driver between Mokopane and Polokwane this morning."

Police are investigating the incident.