Eight People were killed when two vehicles collided on the Barkley West road outside of Kimberley on Friday evening.
The accident between a passenger car (a Toyota Corolla), and a Toyota Land Cruiser occurred shortly after 8pm on Friday, 6 October 2017 on the Barkley Road just outside of Kimberley. The passenger car was rear ended by the Land Cruiser, allegedly after making a u-turn.
Emergency medical services was at the scene at around 8:30 pm.
Eight of the occupants of the passenger car, 5 of them children, died in the accident while the car’s driver sustained serious injuries.
The occupant of the Land Cruizer was treated for injuries a the Gariep Hospital.
News sources report that there were 12 occupants in the passenger car, 8 children and four adults.
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UPDATE – 09:30, Sunday 08/10/2017 – This post has been edited for accuracy as reports from major news outlets as well as statements by some emergency medical service providers and SAPS contains conflicting information.
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Read more on this story as published by the media on the links below, but please note that the stories below contain conflicting reports.
- The Citizen – Northern Cape cops investigating culpable homicide after eight die in car crash
- News 24 – News24.com | 8 killed, including children, in head-on collision near Kimberley
- OFM – Seven children die in NC collision
- The DFA – Deadly crash claims four children
- Independent Media – Seven children, one adult killed in Northern Cape crash