[ALERT] 10 people dead in Ladysmith shooting, car crash

A vehicle was ambushed and then lost control, crashing into an oncoming vehicle believed to be carrying teachers and pupils.

Police on the scene after more than 10 people died after a shooting and a subsequent crash in Ladysmith. Picture: Ladysmith Gazette

JOHANNESBURG - At least 10 people are dead after a shooting and a subsequent crash in Ladysmith.

Police say a member of Klip River Taxi Association was travelling on the N11 in the Matiwaneskop area at around 7am on Tuesday morning when a group of armed men ambushed him and four of his security guards.

The vehicle then lost control, crashing into an oncoming vehicle believed to be carrying teachers and pupils.

The police’s colonel Thembeka Mbhele says: “At the moment, all the five in the bakkie have died and also we’re informed that five people in the kombi also died and others were seriously injured and rushed to the hospital.

“As we’re talking now the police are still at the crime scene, and the motive is unknown and police will investigate.”