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#BlackMonday: 3 people injured as truck crashes into protesters on N4

The group had been protesting against farm murders as part of a nationwide campaign against such attacks.

The scene of a truck crash on the N4 highway in Mpumalanga. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Three people have been injured after a truck crashed into a group protesting on the N4 highway between Hendrina and Middleburg in Mpumalanga.

The group had been protesting against farm murders as part of a nationwide campaign against such attacks.

Thirteen vehicles were involved.

ER24's Russel Meiring says the truck driver lost control of the vehicle.

“Two people were found to have sustained serious injuries while one had sustained moderate injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the seriously injured with pain relief medication. Once treated, the patients were transported to a nearby hospital in Middelburg for further care.”

More than 70 farmers have been murdered in the country so far this year.

WATCH: #BlackMonday: Protests against farm murders

ARRESTS

Three people, who barricaded the N1 highway in Pretoria in support of farmers, have been arrested and released on a warning.

Hundreds of people gathered at various areas in Cape Town, Krugersdorp and Pretoria on Monday.

Tjaart van der Westhuizen is a farmer from Limpopo, who helped barricade the N1 highway near John Voster Drive and Botha Avenue with his bakkie on Monday morning.

Speaking to Eyewitness News from the Lyttleton Police Station, van der Westhuizen said he didn’t regret his actions.

“We’re here for our people and the murdered people. We were given a fine and must appear in court on 25 November.”

Police have now cleared the R59 which caused major disruptions in the morning.