19 Killed in Head-on Collision in South Africa

South African police say 19 people were
killed when an overtaking car smashed head-on into a minibus taxi as the
nation’s holiday accident toll continues to grow.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said both vehicles caught fire after they collided Monday on a road in central Free State.

Some victims were burned beyond recognition.

police spokesman said Tuesday that it appeared the car was trying to
overtake another vehicle when it smashed into the oncoming taxi. All
four people in the car and 15 in the taxi died at the scene. Nine
injured have been hospitalized.

The Road
Traffic Management Corporation said reckless overtaking was one of the
main causes for more than 800 deaths that have occurred on South African
roads since Dec. 1.

Source: The Associated Press