DNA testing underway to identify Hidcote crash victims

DNA testing underway to identify Hidcote crash victims

DNA testing to identify the seven victims who were burnt beyond recognition in Monday's N3 crash is underway.

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A tanker, a bakkie, a tipper truck, and a bus carrying 42 people collided on the route in Hidcote

It resulted in a massive fire fuelled by the tanker's chemical contents. Around 30 people were injured.

Transport MEC Peggy Nkonyeni has expressed her condolences to the families. 

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Departmental spokesperson, Gugu Sisilana said: "Investigations of culpable homicide and the exact cause of the accident are currently underway. 

"MEC Nkonyeni said once the DNA testing process has been finalised the department will assist the families with the necessary arrangements for them to give their loved ones a dignified burial." 

The N3 Toll Concession's Thania Dhoogra says clean-up operations are continuing. 

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"The recovery of the vehicles that were involved in the crash incident is underway. Traffic is not at all impacted as all vehicles are proceeding past using the fast lane whist the slow lane is closed. 

"Road users are encouraged to please proceed with caution when approaching the area."

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