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Multiple car accidents claim 23 lives across the country

As Christmas day approaches paramedics are responding to many fatal accidents on the country’s roads.

FILE: In KwaZulu-Natal the death toll this weekend alone has risen to at least 12. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - As Christmas day approaches paramedics are responding to many fatal accidents on the country's roads.

We start in KwaZulu-Natal where the death toll this weekend alone has risen to at least 12 after an accident on the N2 northbound towards Amanzimtoti claimed the lives of three people overnight.

A light delivery vehicle carrying passengers in the back crashed into a barrier resulting in the trio being flung from the car.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinman says police are investigating the accident.

"Last night Netcare 911 paramedics and other services responded to an accident on the N2 northbound near Amanzimtoti in KZN, upon their arrival on scene they had found a light delivery vehicle with people travelling in the back had crashed against the barrier."

In the Western Cape the death toll jumped to 11 this weekend following a horror crash early this morning on the N1 highway near Beaufort West.

Seven vehicles, including five taxis, were involved in a head on collision claiming nine lives.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says, "Seven people in the taxi were burnt beyond recognition and the two people in the light delivery van were also burnt beyond recognition."