Five people died in a crash on Wednesday near Burgersfort in Mpumalanga, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said a bakkie collided head-on with a car on the R555.

“The bakkie was purportedly being pursued by a minibus taxi,” he said, adding that the bakkie was apparently trying to evade the minibus by pushing into oncoming traffic.

Five people were declared dead on the scene.

Wicks said four others, who were flung from the back of the bakkie, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. – Sapa