R41 reopened after fatal taxi crash

A taxi crashed into a truck shortly before midday killing 14 people in Randfontein.

Randfontein Road in Randfontein was closed on Friday 29 April 2016 after a horror crash between a taxi and truck. 14 people were killed. Picture: @_ArriveAlive via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng traffic police have confirmed the R41 in Randfontein has now been re-opened to traffic following today's fatal collision.

A taxi crashed into a truck shortly before midday killing 14 people.

Police have been combing the scene of the accident and a section of the road had been closed to traffic since noon.

Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Obed Sibasa says, "The R41, that is the Randfontein Road between Randfontein CBD and Azaadville, is open to traffic following a horrific fatal accident where 13 people died at the scene and a 14th died in hospital. It is indeed disturbing."

Mogale City traffic police suspect today's fatal accident in Randfontein was the result of a taxi swerving into an oncoming truck.

Spokesperson Papi Motaung says the truck driver is among the multiple fatalities.

"A taxi that was coming from Randfontein swerved in front of a truck that was coming from Azaadville."

He says the victims have yet to be identified while passengers from both the truck and the taxi are fighting for their lives in hospital.