13 Zimbabwean cross border traders including four children were killed in a bus accident in Limpopo South Africa, on Monday evening, authorities have said.

A South African official, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, said that the accident happened at about 17:00 on the N1, north of Louis Trichardt. He said:

ER24 paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene to find the bus lying on its roof off the roadway. Numerous patients were found lying around the scene.

36 people were reportedly treated on the scene with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Of the deceased, some died on the scene of the accident while others died at nearby hospitals.

Transport and Community Safety MEC in the province, Makoma Makhurupetje had this to say:

We are deeply concerned about accidents involving buses as they lead to more loss of lives compared to ordinary motor vehicles.

The driver and vehicle fitness of long-distance, cross-border buses is also a matter of deep concern to us as this is almost the third time now that we are losing lives because of long-distance buses.

It is about time that our law enforcement officers step up their routine checks on these buses to prevent these kinds of accidents from happening.