A dreadful scene has played out on the N1, after two vehicles collided and erupted into flames earlier on Monday. The horror crash, which took place just outside of Beaufort West in the Western Cape, has claimed six lives.
N1 traffic updates and latest news, Monday 20 December
It’s understood that a minibus and a light motor vehicle were involved in the fatal smash, prompting a swift response from the emergency services. However, fire had gutted both motors by the time first responders arrived.
Major crash on the N1, approximately 15 km’s from Beaufort West, Western Cape. A Minibus and a Light Motor Vehicle involved in a crash that resulted in 6 fatalities. The road is closed and al roleplayers are on scene. Both vehicles completely burned out.
— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) December 20, 2021
Six dead, both carriageways closed
The incident has been declared an extremely serious one, with forensic and pathology units now racing to the crash site near Leeu-Gamka. As well as the heartbreaking death toll, the N1 crash is responsible for a traffic nightmare.
The highway was closed in both directions on Monday morning, forcing motorists to seek out alternative routes. However, given the cruel loss of life experienced here, those only affected by a longer journey time must count their blessings – especially with Christmas just around the corner.
N1 horror crash: Photos shared from the scene
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) December 20, 2021
This may be graphic and upset people
Six people died this morning when a light motor vehicle and a minibus taxi collided into each other on the N1, 30 km from Beaufort West, in the direction of Cape Town Emergency Services n Forensic Pathology Services are currently on the scene pic.twitter.com/iHFeBjAWml
— Veve (@LudidiVelani) December 20, 2021
Reports of a fatal accident involving a taxi and another vehicle. About 15km from Beaufort West towards Leeu-Gamka. Reports of 6 fatalities. All services on scene. Road closed both directions. pic.twitter.com/VU1oVX1j4k
— SA Trucker (@rsa_trucker) December 20, 2021