Road Traffic Accident In Mpumalanga Province
Expert travel lawyers from Irwin Mitchell have expressed their concern over the safety of tourists in South Africa following reports of a serious road traffic accident in Mpumalanga Province.
It is believed that a truck carrying 18 British students, two British teachers and a South African guide swerved and overturned.
The incident happened near Nelspruit, one of the host cities for the World Cup. The truck was travelling from Swaziland to Nelspruit, in the Mpumalanga region.
Two female students from the UK have died and 20 people are believed to be injured. Four passengers have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Travel experts at Irwin Mitchell acted for victims of a fatal coach crash in Mpumalanga in September 1999. 27 British holidaymakers were killed in the incident.
Clive Garner, head of the travel law team at Irwin Mitchell said: “Every year we act for clients who are injured or killed in coach crashes and other road traffic accidents in South Africa and across the world.
“This latest incident is particularly tragic and while it is too early to be sure of the cause, a full investigation is needed.
“Our thoughts are now with the injured passengers and families of those who sadly lost their lives. Victims and their families will be looking for justice, and it is also vitally important that the South African authorities learn lessons to help reduce the risk of similar tragedies in the future.”