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Bloody weekend in Ekurhuleni

Eleven lives were lost in road crashes and two others due to gun shot wounds in different incidents around the City of Ekurhuleni in two days, from Friday 31 May to Saturday 1 June.

It all started on Friday morning on the N17 freeway east bound at the Osborn Road on-ramp when two light motor vehicles were involved in an accident, resulting in two passengers passing away. An alleged stationary bakkie, with nine occupants, was parked in the emergency lane when another vehicle came from behind and crashed into it, severely injuring seven passengers and instantly killing two others.

The freeway had to be closed for the duration of the investigation and emergency assistance operation. One of the four critically injured patients had to be flown to Sunshine Hospital in Benoni by medical helicopter. The others were road transported by ambulances to the same hospital.

Saturday afternoon, 1 June at around 16:49, a murder was reported at Vegieland shopping centre, Klippoortjie Park in Germiston. When paramedics and law enforcement units arrived on scene, two adults, a male and a female were found lying motionless on the floor inside SPAR supermarket.

Information on site states that there was a robbery that took place and the suspects short randomly, instantly killing the two adults alleged to be shoppers.

The two were declared dead on scene and the scene was handed over to the police for further investigations.

At around 18:10, a fatal crash occurred on the R103 North near Flanagan Road turn-off. Four vehicles were involved in the crash which lead to the death of three adult males. Three light motor vehicles and a minibus, which wasn’t found on scene, were all part of the crash.

A VW Golf reportedly had mechanical breakdown and was manually pushed by two of its passengers. A Ford Fiesta came from behind and crashed into it, instantly killing the two and their driver.

Jaws of Life had to be used to recover the deceased driver’s body from behind the steering wheel.

The driver of the Ford Fiesta was with a two-year-old toddler in the vehicle and both were transported to Clinix private hospital in Vosloorus with serious injuries. The third vehicle, a Toyota Conquest with four occupants, suffered minor damage and all four occupants escaped with minor injuries. A minibus wasn`t found on the scene though information received from witnesses states that it was involved suffering minor damages and with no casualties.

Just a couple of minutes thereafter, about four hundred meters away from the initial crash, another two light motor vehicles, a sedan VW Polo and VW Golf, were involved in a collision. It was on the same road where the R103 meets with Luvuyo street in Mapleton, Boksburg.

One adult female passenger was declared dead on scene, two others, an adult female driver and a male passenger, both sustained serious injuries. In the Golf, there were two occupants who sustained serious injuries as well. All four injured persons from both vehicles were medically treated on scene before being transported to Sunshine hospital in Benoni.

Rescue teams had to use Jaws of Life equipment to recover the deceased persons stuck in the ruined vehicles in both crashes.

Another crash took place on Oak Street in Primrose where a biker lost control of his bike and crashed to his death. Primrose rescue crews responded promptly to the scene and on arrival, they found a male biker aged around 20 years of age lying lifeless in the road.

Unfortunately, on assessment and treatment, the patient was declared dead on scene by paramedics.

The three fatal crashes are under the City of Ekurhuleni`s traffic officers` investigations.

Around 20:26 on Saturday evening, an articulate truck was torched on R554 East near Rondebult bird sanctuary in Klippoortjie Park. Fire fighters from Alberton, Tokoza and Wadeville fire stations, responded with four fire engines for intervention. Two industrial pumpers and two water tankers were used to extinguish the vehicle.

Police had to be called as members of Buhle Park community came in numbers to steal the groceries from the huge trailer. That hampered the smooth operations of the fire fighters and the police had to be called to enforce the law.
As per information received on scene, the truck was hijacked and torched after the driver was assaulted and left at the point of hijacking, which is alleged to have been around Roodekop industrial area Germiston.

The road had to be closed for the duration of the operation.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
10177 : National Toll-Free Number
112 : Cell Phone Emergency Line
(011) 458- 0911 : Life Threatening Ekurhuleni Emergency Line

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