Six people died and seven others were injured in two separate road crashes in the Eastern Cape late Friday October 6.
Four people died and four were injured in head-on collision on the N2 between Peddie and Makhanda. A Toyota Avanza with seven occupants collided with a Fidelity security services van with two male officers from Makhanda heading towards Peddie (Nqushwa). Of the occupants of the Avanza, four people, including the driver, died. Five others including both occupants of the Fidelity van sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital in Makhanda.
In another head-on collision, on the R61 between Mthatha and Engcobo, two people lost their lives and three sustained injuries when a VW Polo with four men collided with a mini truck.
Two of the occupants of the VW Polo (driver and rear passenger) died on the scene. Two other passengers of the Polo were rushed to hospital in Mthatha. The truck driver escaped unharmed.
Reckless and negligent driving was cited as main contributing factor in both crashes.
Cases of culpable homicide have been opened for further investigation.