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Nineteen people lost their lives and 12 others sustained injuries of varying degrees in the Macia district, Gaza province, in the early hours of yesterday, as a result of a major road traffic accident involving four passenger vehicles and one freight vehicle.
According to traffic police at Gaza Provincial Command, the accident occurred around 4:00 a.m., in the administrative post of Magul. Sixteen people lost their lives at the scene and three others died at Macia District Hospital, to where they were evacuated.
The victims were travelling from South Africa in a Toyota Quantum minibus to a destination yet to be determined, as all the vehicle’s occupants lost their lives.
Police say that the minibus crashed into the freight truck while overtaking. The collision then involved two other light vehicles, causing just over a dozen serious injuries. Three vehicles including the mini-bus were traveling northwards, while the heavy goods vehicle was moving south.
Police are continuing attempts, within the constraints of the condition of the bodies, to identify the victims and inform their relatives.
The accident caused congestion on National Road Number 1 until around 12 noon yesterday, when it was possible to remove the damaged vehicles and re-open the road.Source: Jornal Notícias
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