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Bakkie involved in fatal crash Limpopo was certified to carry 5 people

The Limpopo Transport Dept says the vehicle is certified to carry five people but carried 16 people.

Fifteen people have been killed in head-on collision on R101 between Mokopane and Mookgophong on 20 January, 2016. Picture: Twitter @SAPoliceService.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Transport Department has confirmed that the bakkie that was involved in the accident where 14 people died was certified to carry no more than five passengers.

The death toll from that accident, which happened outside Mokopane in the early hours of this morning, has now risen to 15.

Earlier it was reported that 14 people, including an eight-month-old baby, died on the scene when the double cab bakkie they were travelling in crashed into a truck.

Only one person from the bakkie survived the crash along with the truck driver, who was only slightly injured.

The department says more than three times the number of people were crammed into the vehicle when it hit a truck on the R101 at around 2am.

The department's Kagiso Mootane says the fifteenth victim died in hospital this afternoon.

No arrests have been made and a case of culpable homicide is now being investigated.

Limpopo police say they believe driver fatigue may have been to blame for the accident.

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