May 28, 2006

13 die in horror South Africa road crash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Thirteen people were killed on a
South African highway after a pickup truck slammed into the
back of a minibus taxi which exploded into flames, Johannesburg
emergency services said on Sunday.

"All the bodies were burned beyond recognition ... The
truck hit the taxi so hard from the rear that it was lodged
half-way inside it," said emergency services spokesman Malcolm

Seven people including both drivers survived and were being
treated in hospital for injuries after the accident late on
Saturday night on a highway southwest of Johannesburg.

Minibus taxis are often involved in accidents on South
Africa's notoriously dangerous roads as they tend to stop
unexpectedly to pick up or drop off passengers.