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Carnage on Gauteng Roads During the Weekend

Carnage on Gauteng Roads During the Weekend

A child was killed while five adults have sustained injuries in a road accident in Gauteng. According to eyewitnesses, three people also fled the scene of the accident.  The little girl, 10 years old, died in a collision between a Toyota Avanza and a delivery truck in Lindhaven, Krugersdorp, on Sunday night. Five adults were also injured in the accident, with two sustaining serious injuries.

“Most of the adults from the Avanza had… extricated themselves. The child was found in the vehicle, showing no signs of life. Nothing could be done for her, and she was unfortunately declared dead on arrival,” said Campbell.

 

Campbell said two men, believed to be in their 20s, suffered serious injuries and required advanced life support interventions before being transported to the hospital.

“One female, believed to be in her 30s, had suffered moderate injuries and was also treated and transported by ER24 to the hospital,” said Campbell.

“Three people from the truck allegedly fled the scene. The metro police were on the scene for investigations,” he said.

In another accident in Gauteng, a police officer was killed while manning a roadblock on the West Rand on Saturday night.

Warrant Officer Jan Christoffel Esterhuysen was killed after being knocked over while controlling traffic at a roadblock in Khutsong.  The driver reportedly tried to flee the scene, but was apprehended, said police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili.

“It is reported that a 20-year-old driver failed to stop at the roadblock, hitting a stationary vehicle and Warrant Officer Esterhuysen, who was controlling the traffic. The suspect tried to flee the scene, but other members managed to stop him, and it was established that he was drunk,” said Muridili.

Muridili did not say what charges the motorist will face or when he will appear in court.

“Esterhuysen was rushed to hospital, where he, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries,” said Muridili.

Esterhuysen was stationed at the Fochville Visible Policing Unit and had served 27 years in the South African Police Service, added Muridili.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela sent his condolences to Officer Esterhuysen’s family and said he appreciated the contribution he had made to the police during his years of service, added Muridili.


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