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Three die in accident on N1 near Grasmere

It’s understood the driver of a bakkie lost control before crashing early this morning.

Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Three people have died and seven others injured in an accident near the Grasmere Toll Plaza on the N1 in Johannesburg.

It's understood the driver of a bakkie lost control of the vehicle before crashing in the early hours of this morning.

This accident comes as the Department of Transport and provincial road agencies are beefing up control measures on major routes this festive season.

Government road agencies say they are deeply worried about the growing death toll in South Africa this festive season.

The department, together with road agencies, will focus on public transport and urge pedestrians to be more responsible.

Western Cape Traffic spokesman Kenny Africa says pedestrians make up 43 of the deaths in the province alone.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Traffic spokesman Obed Sibasa says the department is clamping down on unroadworthy vehicles, particularly at taxi ranks.