Five killed in Free State crash

The five people, including a three-year-old child, were killed when their vehicle overturned.

FILE: The carnage on the roads continues this Christmas day. Picture: ER24

JOHANNESBURG - The carnage on the roads continues this Christmas day with five people dying in a fatal car accident on the N6, 30 kilometres out of Reddersburg in the Free State.

The five fatalities including a three-year-old child were killed when their vehicle overturned.

The three-year-old girl was airlifted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition where she died from her injuries while the four adults were pronounced dead on the scene.

This latest accident, among the many today, will add to the death toll of 677 people who have died on South African roads since the beginning of the month.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann says the details of the crash are still unknown.

"Upon the arrival on scene I found that a motor vehicle had overturned."

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday said motorists need to check whether their vehicles are roadworthy before heading off on their journey.

"Road safety is everybody's responsibility. Together, lets save lives and take South Africa forward."

The minister hopes the death toll won't increase dramatically as holidaymakers make their way home.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation earlier said most fatal crashes this festive season occurred in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Northern Cape saw the fewest deaths.

Meanwhile, Western Cape traffic officials say road fatalities in the province are continuing to climb.

A total of 96 people died on the province's roads since the start of December.

"The 96 people that died on our roads is too many," Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said. "We would like our pedestrians and motorists to work with us to keep the figure down."