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Wits students to be transferred to JHB hospitals after Limpopo crash

Seven students were killed, along with two others, in a taxi crash outside Mokopane, Limpopo.

FILE. Six others are receiving treatment in Limpopo, but Wits management says some of them will be moved to Johannesburg for specialist treatment. Picture: @ER24EMS

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says some of the students injured in the deadly Limpopo taxi accident will be transferred to hospitals in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Seven students were among the nine people who were killed when the taxi they were travelling in crashed into the trailer of an overturned truck, and burst into flames in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Six others are receiving treatment in Limpopo, but Wits management says some of them will be moved to Johannesburg for specialist treatment.

Wits University Vice Chancellor Adam Habib has met with parents of some of the deceased and injured students and says some are still too distraught to speak.

Habib is part of a team that travelled to Limpopo after the accident.

The students were part of a group that was travelling from a prayer meeting in Moletji.

Wits management says they're seeking answers on the circumstances of the accident and whether emergency services responded on time.

SURVIVORS RECALL HORROR CRASH

Wits dean of students Puleng LenkaBula says the survivors of this week's fatal crash have recalled how they tried to save their friends from the burning taxi.

The university is flying flags at half-mast while preparing for a mass memorial service later this week.

LenkaBula says: "Some of them tried to get out and try and help their peers, but the fire couldn't be extinguished. It was too late. It's a very traumatic experience they share."

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