20 dead in 3-vehicle accident in South Africa

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2011 4:32 AM
20 dead in 3-vehicle accident in South Africa

Officials say a three-vehicle crash in western South Africa left 20 people dead.

Provincial transport minister Robin Carlisle and safety minister Dan Plato say in a statement another 14 people were injured when two commuter taxis and a truck collided Tuesday on a highway near Prince Albert, a picturesque stop for tourists about 120 miles (200 kilometers) east of Cape Town.

Carlisle says that despite a campaign to educate people about the need to drive safely, "these major crashes, which often wipe out entire families, are continuing to happen."

South African officials are particularly concerned about road safety as the year-end holidays approach and travel increases around the country.