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More fatalities bring weekend road deaths to 27

A child and nine other people were burnt beyond recognition in a collision involving seven vehicles.

FILE: Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says driver fatigue and drivers taking unnecessary risks are listed among the biggest causes of fatal crashes. Picture: Jeff Wicks/iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - Another two people have been killed on the N1 highway near Beaufort West.

Officials say two cars were involved in a head on collision.

In a separate incident, also in Beaufort West, the death toll of a fatal accident this morning has risen to ten after emergency services discovered a child also died in the wreckage.

The child and nine other people were burnt beyond recognition in a collision involving seven vehicles including five taxis.

This brings the number of fatalities on Western Cape roads since the start of the weekend to at least 25.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says driver fatigue and drivers taking unnecessary risks are listed among the biggest causes of fatal crashes.

"People need to be more careful, they need to change their attitude and behaviour on our roads. They need to make sure they respect other people's lives on the roads."

Meanwhile, two people died in an accident on Alpine and Umgeni roads in Johannesburg.

Nine people were injured in the head-on collision around lunch time today.

Two women and a baby were flung from the vehicle, killing the two women and leaving the baby in a critical condition.

Rescue Care's Garrith Jamieson says the nine injured people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

"Unfortunately two people passed away after being ejected from the wreckage despite paramedic's best efforts to resuscitate them."