At least six people have died in Empangeni and Richards Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal in two separate crashes on Wednesday that left a further 14 people injured.
A crash involving a truck and a small car on the John Ross Highway in Richards Bay resulted in three people sustaining injuries‚ one of them seriously‚ while three others were declared dead on the scene.
The car caught fire after colliding with a truck.
The Zululand Observer newspaper reported the car was travelling towards Empangeni and the truck was making a right turn heading to the port of Richards Bay.
uMhlathuze Fire and Rescue members worked for more than an hour to free the occupants of the car‚ which collided with the side of the truck.
Later on Wednesday afternoon‚ a taxi lost control in central Empangeni‚ smashing through a brick wall on the property of the Zululand Remedial School.
According to paramedics‚ three people were declared dead on the scene while 11 others received treatment for serious injuries.