A deadly collision in South Africa has left 27 dead and more than 30 injured.
According to News24, an 18-wheeler truck slammed into four taxis and a Volkswagen Golf on the corners of Fields Hill and Richmond roads in Pinetown near Durban, South Africa.
"[It's] a total disaster here,” Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said on Friday.
As News24 points out, it’s the third fatal crash in just a few days. Last weekend, another crash killed 10 people in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal. Just a few days ago, seven more people died in a crash on the N2 highway between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
“The loss of such a high number of people, some of them breadwinners, is painful and has affected so many households negatively. We urge road users, especially drivers, to exercise caution on the roads, especially when carrying passengers,” said acting president Jeff Radebe, who is standing in for President Jacob Zuma while he attends the G20 Summit in Russia.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the deceased and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” Radebe said.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has ordered an official investigation into the crash.
According to TheSouthAfrican.com, the 23-year-old truck driver has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.
KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the accident happened after the brakes on the truck failed, News24 reports.
Watch footage of the accident, captured from a dashboard camera, below.