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SABC / He was arrested shortly after he was discharged from hospital.
The driver of the truck that collided with two minibus taxis near Machadodorp in Mpumalanga has been charged with 18 counts of culpable homicide.
He was arrested shortly after he was discharged from hospital.
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The man appeared in the Machadodorp Magistrate’s Court and has been remanded in custody.
Safety Security and Liaison Department spokesperson, Joseph Mabuza, says the driver who is a Mozambican national, was arrested after giving statements that contradicted with those of the survivors.
“The arrest comes after the information provided by the driver that does not correspond with the crime scene evidence and the statements collected from the survivors”, he said.
Earlier News ( July 4)
Mozambican registered truck
The death toll from Tuesday morning’s crash between a minibus and truck outside Machadodorp in Mpumalanga has risen to 18, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said, while at the same time expressing concern at the spate of accidents involving trucks and public transport vehicles.
“The country has experienced two major collisions in the last 24 hours in which trucks and public transport vehicles have crashed into each other resulting in the death of 24 people and injuries to 69 others,” the RTMC said on Tuesday afternoon.
“In the latest crash which happened this morning (Tuesday, July 4, 2017) 18 people were killed and 15 were seriously injured when a Mozambican registered articulated truck, and a minibus were involved in a collision on R541 between Machado and Badplaas in Mpumalanga province.”
The minibus was reportedly transporting mine workers when the accident happened.
Source: SABC / ANA