Three people were killed in a horrific crash involving three vehicles on R616 just a few kilometres from the N3 on Saturday night.

One of the vehicles burst into flames on impact trapping the driver and his passenger inside.

The two were burnt beyond recognition, and a third person passed away in another vehicle.

The deceased have not yet been identified.

One of the vehicles had crashed down a steep embankment.

Responding paramedics, ER24 Ladysmith and SharajEMS, with Okhahlamba and Alfred Duma Fire and Rescue, worked to stabilize two other patients who had sustained injuries in the crash.

They were transported to the local hospital for further medical attention.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage and the R616 is closed until investigation of the scene is completed by Ladysmith SAPS, who will opening a case of culpable homicide.