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Thursday, 3 January, 2002, 12:46 GMT
SA family mourns truck crash victims
By Alastair Leithead in Johannesburg

A memorial service is being held in South Africa for the 48 people from the same family killed in a road accident on Sunday.

One hundred and twenty members of the Chego family were on their way to visit the graves of their ancestors for an annual new year reunion, when the truck they were in overturned.

Sixty others were injured in the crash. Most are recovering but two are still in hospital in a critical condition.

The accident is the worst of many across South Africa during the festive period.

Burial

The extended family members were on their way to their ancestral burial ground for a traditional ritual.

They hope to bury those killed on the same land, but the owner of the farm has so far refused to give permission.

The driver of the truck, which careered off a steep gravel track and overturned twice, has appeared in court charged with culpable homicide.

The investigation into exactly what caused the crash is continuing.

In the last month more than 750 people were killed on the country's roads, and with many holiday makers returning home this weekend, that figure is expected to increase further.

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