Passenger dies, 8 injured as mini bus rams into wall

MASERU — One person died and eight others were seriously injured after a minibus taxi they were travelling in crushed into a wall at Maseru Border Gate on the South African side.
The accident occurred at around 5 pm on Tuesday.
It is suspected that the vehicle’s brakes failed and it veered off the road before crushing into a wall.
A South African Police Service (SAPS) officer who did not want to be indentified confirmed the incident on Tuesday.
He said all the 15 passengers were Lesotho citizens.
“They were mostly from the mines in Welkom and some areas around Free State in South Africa.”
Police said the driver who is a Lesotho national reported that his brakes failed as they approached the South African border gate.
A male passenger was injured when the taxi hit at the gate at the entrance.
Another passenger, a 29 year-old man, was killed after he was thrown out and run over by the vehicle when it hit a trailer parked a few metres from the gate before hitting the walls of nearby toilets.
The SAPS officer said the injured passengers were rushed to Ladybrand Hospital where some are reportedly fighting for their lives.
He said they will later be transferred to other hospitals in the Free State depending on their condition.

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