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David Makhura expected to visit survivors of Randfontein crash

Premier David Makhura will be accompanied by the MECs for Community Safety, Health and Transport.

At least 14 were killed in the Randfontein crash on the R41, two others have been rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Picture: @Netcare911_sa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to visit the two survivors of a car crash that claimed 14 lives in Randfontein.

A taxi collided with a truck yesterday killing 13 people on impact, while another person later died in a nearby hospital.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident but it's understood the taxi swerved into an oncoming truck.

Makhura will be accompanied by the MECs for Community Safety, Health and Transport and is also scheduled to visit the families of the deceased.

Gauteng traffic police have described the collision in Randfontein as horrific and traumatising addingofficials spent most of yesterday clearing the wreckage.

Spokesperson Obed Sibassa said it's another reminder for motorists to obey the rules of the road.

"Our moto in Gauteng is that no one must on our roads."

Mogale traffic police spokesperson Papi Motaung has also warned taxi drivers to look after their vehicles.

"If anything happen that made the taxi to swerve in front of the truck, if it's something mechanical, we'd like to urge taxi drivers to actually take good care of their taxis."

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has also called on motorists to be vigilant as the roads are guaranteed to be busy over the weekend.

TRAUMATIC SCENE

Meanwhile, a colleague of the truck driver who died in the collision said he can't imagine ever returning to work.

The truck involved was a Post Office vehicle on its way to make a delivery in Randfontein.

The driver's colleague, Television Maluleke, said his supervisor called him to the scene.

"She quickly handed the case over to me to go see what is going on."

He said the truck driver was a friend and he's sad to have lost him after working with him just yesterday.

"I can't work for the whole of this and next week, I don't think I'll make it because he was my brother and my colleague."

Investigators are combing the scene in a bid to uncover the cause of the crash.

Maluleke said the death of his friend will have a devastating effect on his family for years to come because he was their sole breadwinner.

"I heard my supervisor say he was going to go and inform them but I'm not sure if he's already there or not."

Randfontein police spokesperson Appel Ernst said there will be a thorough investigation.

"We are asking the people who might have seen this accident to come forward and tell us what happened and what they saw."

CONDOLENCES

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has sent her condolences to the families of the 14 people killed.

Police have confirmed that 13 people died on the scene while another person later died in a nearby hospital.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and police are now reconstructing the scene to determine the cause of the accident.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane said the minister has pledged her support for the families of the victims.

"The minister of transport has already sent her condolences to the families of those who have passed away and she is wishing those in hospital a speedy recovery."

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