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A crash that claimed five lives has caused the closure of the N1 near Laingsburg, in the Western Cape, as officials work to rescue people still trapped in their car.

A Datsun Go and a Hyundai i10 were involved in a head-on collision on the N1 road between Laingsburg and Prince Albert road round about 03:30 on Tuesday morning, said provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa.

He said the five occupants of the Datsun - two men, two women and one child – died at the scene while two occupants of the Hyundai remain trapped in their vehicles.

The road is closed in both directions and the police, traffic and medical rescue teams are on the scene to attend to the injured.

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