Tragic Multi-Vehicle Accident Claims Four Lives on N12 Highway, Raising Concerns for Road Safety

Tragic Multi-Vehicle Accident Claims Four Lives on N12 Highway, Raising Concerns for Road Safety

…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media. A devastating multi-vehicle accident occurred on Thursday morning, resulting in the loss of four lives on the N12 highway.


The incident took place between Witbank and Ogies in Emalahleni, according to the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security, and Liaison, Moeti Mmusi.

As emergency personnel and law enforcement officers continue to work at the scene, the road remains closed.

Reduced Visibility Blamed for the Collisions:

Moeti Mmusi explained that the tragic collisions were primarily caused by reduced visibility due to early morning mist.


The accidents involved various types of vehicles, including articulated trucks, sedans, and light delivery vehicles (LDVs).

The severity of the crashes underscores the hazardous conditions present on the road.

Motorists Advised to Exercise Caution in Misty Conditions:

In light of the incident, Moeti Mmusi emphasized the importance of motorists taking precautions when driving in misty conditions.

He urged drivers to reduce speed, maintain a safe following distance, and ensure their headlights are switched on.

These safety measures can help mitigate the risks associated with reduced visibility.


Loss of Life and Details of the Incident:

Reports indicate that three of the deceased were occupants of one of the involved sedans.

The exact circumstances and specific details surrounding the tragic accident are still under investigation.

The collision has left a somber reminder of the potential dangers faced on the roads.

Petrol Tanker Fire near Bloemfontein:

In a separate incident on Tuesday evening, a petrol tanker caught fire near Bloemfontein.

VR Medical, a Bloemfontein-based Emergency Rescue Service, reported that the blaze was a result of a collision.


As a result, the N1 highway had to be closed in both directions, near the Nelson Mandela offramp.

The circumstances leading to the collision and subsequent fire are currently being investigated.


The multi-vehicle accident on the N12 highway has claimed the lives of four individuals, highlighting the devastating consequences of reduced visibility on the road.

Motorists are reminded to exercise caution in misty conditions by reducing their speed, maintaining a safe following distance, and ensuring proper visibility.

Meanwhile, a petrol tanker fire near Bloemfontein has resulted in the closure of the N1 highway, pending investigations into the cause of the collision.


These incidents serve as tragic reminders of the ongoing risks faced on South African roads.


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