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30 killed in overloaded van crash

The driver of an overloaded van lost control, veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a lorry in central South Africa, leaving 30 people dead, police have said.

Police spokesman Mmako Mophiring said 29 of those killed were passengers on the van, which was certified to carry 23 but was carrying 35.

A truck passenger also died. Both drivers survived the crash near Harrismith, about 190 miles south of Johannesburg.

The van was travelling some 500 miles from Johannesburg to Umtata.

Multiple-fatality accidents are common at year end, when many urban South Africans undertake long road journeys, sometimes using unsafe but cheap taxi van services, to spend Christmas and New Year with family in rural areas.

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