Deadly weekend on roads in Eastern Cape

Eight people have died in accidents in the Eastern Cape in the past 24 hours, police said on Saturday.

In the first incident, six people were killed in a five-car pile-up on the N2 freeway near Butterworth, spokesperson Jackson Manatha said. Four women, a 2-year-old child, and a 26-year-old man died.

The accident happened at 11:00 on Saturday.

Six counts of culpable homicide are being investigated.

In another accident on Saturday, a 33-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a car near the Ndabakzi Station in Butterworth.

Manatha said the driver of the vehicle did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol. Police are investigating.

A 40-year-old man died on Friday when he lost control of his car.

The accident occurred near the Thanga Village between Dutywa and Butterworth.

Manatha said the vehicle overturned a few times before coming to a halt.


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