Two killed in cop van, bakkie crash

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Standerton - Two people were killed when their bakkie collided with a police vehicle in heavy rain in Standerton, a Mpumalanga government official said on Wednesday.

The accident happened on Tuesday on the R38 Standerton to Bethal road near an overflowing bridge, said community safety spokesman Joseph Mabuza.

Two bridges were temporarily closed because of damage caused by heavy rain in the Gert Sibande Region.

“The Blesbokspruit Bridge on R39 road between Morgenzon and Standerton and another between Bethal and Middelburg (on the) R35 road were damaged by heavy rainfall on Tuesday,” said Mabuza.

Motorists travelling between Standerton and Morgenzon were advised to use the R38 and R35 instead.

“The R544 Emalahleni road should also be used as an alternative route for motorists travelling between Bethal and Middelburg,” he said.

Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe urged motorists not to try and cross submerged bridges.


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