Five people have died in a horrific accident involving a petrol tanker near Alberton on Swartkoppies road. The crash was reported on Wednesday evening just before 22:30 by an off-duty firefighter. Upon arrival at the scene, emergency crews found that a car and a petrol tanker had been involved in a collision. The petrol tanker was on its side and both vehicles were on fire.
The accident took place at the intersection of Swartkoppies and Kliprivier roads, next to Mall of the South in Johannesburg. Ekurhuleni metro spokesperson William Ntladi said: “The scene has been handed over to the law enforcement unit for the removal of the bodies to an appropriate facility and to conduct an investigation as to what actually caused the crash.”
Several firefighters from the City of Ekurhuleni were assisted by crews from the City of Johannesburg, and specialized foam tanker and water tanker fire engines were used to contain and eventually extinguish the blaze, he said.
According to Ntladi, the five victims had been burnt beyond recognition. They appeared to be family members, he added. The truck driver and his assistant both sustained critical injuries in the crash and were transported to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
“The cause of the crash is undetermined and still under investigation by law enforcement officials,” added Ntladi.
There were 1,685 deaths on the country’s roads during the latest festive season.
The road related deaths were recorded over a period of 42 days – from December to January – and the death toll is 14% higher than the 2020 holiday period.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that road fatalities had increased in seven provinces and declined in only two provinces. The Northern Cape and the Western Cape recorded the highest percentage increases in fatalities.
Seventeen people tragically lost their lives in a deadly collision on the N1 near Mookgophong in Limpopo. Another eight people have been injured in the accident, which happened on Tuesday.
The head-on collision involved a 22-seater bus and a Toyota Sports Utility Vehicle, said Limpopo Department of Transport spokesperson, Mike Maringa. The bus, which was carrying 26 people, burst into flames.
“Seventeen people were killed and eight others escaped with injuries in a head-on collision involving a minibus on the N1, near Mookgophong off-ramp. It is alleged that the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle due to a tyre burst and collided head-on with a 22-seater Mercedes-Benz bus,” said Maringa.
The occupants of the bus, as well as the driver, were burnt to death, he added.
“The driver of the SUV was also killed on impact. Eight people survived – six are seriously injured and two escaped with minor injuries,” said Maringa.
Twelve people were killed this evening on the N1 North near Mookgophong Off ramp when a 22 seater Mercedes bus collided with the SUV, @MbalulaFikile Can you please ask all the religious leaders to come and have prayer and appeasing ceremonies on this road. It was done on the N2 pic.twitter.com/OVlx4mI9uV
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya sent messages of condolences to the affected families.
“The MEC is once again pleading with motorists to inspect their vehicles before they get on the road. She is concerned that most of the fatal accidents reported on the N1 have a common cause,” added Maringa.
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.
Paramedics arrived on the scene at around 19:50, said ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell.
“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.
Three people allegedly fled the scene of the accident
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.
One person has died and two people are fighting for their lives after they were involved in a head-on collision on Gauteng’s N12 highway on Sunday night.
Kyle van Reenen. the spokesperson for Emer-G-Med said the accident took place in the vicinity of Germiston after 9pm.
“The driver of one of the motor vehicles, a male approximately 30 years of age, was found to have suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased when paramedics arrived.
“The driver and passenger in the second vehicle, a male approximately 35 years of age and a female approximately 27 years old, were found to be in a critical condition. Advanced life support paramedics worked to stabilise them on the scene before they were rushed to a nearby hospital for immediate definitive care.”
Van Reneen said the cause of the collision was unclear and police were investigating.
Another crash claimed the lives of two motorists on the N3 outside Heidelberg. A man and a woman were killed last night, 11 April 2021, and another injured in a collision between two trucks, a bakkie, and a light motor vehicle on the N3 in Heidelburg.
ER24 paramedics and other emergency services arrived on the scene to find a large truck on its side blocking one side of the highway. A wrecked light motor vehicle was found on the side of the road while the two other vehicles were found a short distance away.
Medics quickly assessed the patients and found that a woman in the car and a man in the bakkie had sustained fatal injuries. Nothing could be done to resuscitate the patients and they were declared dead.
The driver of the one track was assessed and found to have sustained minor injuries. The man was treated and transported to a nearby hospital for further care. The driver of the second truck was not found on the scene and local authorities are looking for information that could help them locate the driver.
A horror crash on the R82 outside Viljoensdrif in the Free State claimed the lives of a mother and her two children. The cause and circumstances around the accident is not yet clear and will be the subject of an ongoing investigation.
ER24 Paramedics arrived on the scene at 21:30 and found the wreckage of two light motor vehicles – one still on the road and the other in the field adjacent to the road. Paramedics removed the bodies of a woman and a little girl of around 3 years of age from the wreckage. The body of a boy (estimated around 7 years old) was found on the road outside the vehicle. The family was declared dead on the scene.
A passenger from the other vehicle involved in the crash was treated on scene by provincial paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.
A family from Worcester, in the Western Cape, is still in shock after their son died in a horror crash. The accident also claimed two other lives. Willis Smith, 27, was a member of the provincial traffic department in Worcester. He died when his state vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Nekkies Road. The family last saw Willis at 07:00 am on Friday morning. Shirley Smith, the 60-year-old mother of Willis, said he came to her house to bring her some money. “I got up just after 4am to get his lunch, fruit, and goodies ready before he left for work just before 6am. And just before 7am, he arrived at home, gave me money for the month and left.”
The devastated mother said he told her to buy herself some clothes with his Truworths card. “He also gave me his Truworths card as earlier in the week he bought me a top and jeans, but I wanted to exchange the jeans. He then told me: ‘Mommy, go buy you clothes,’ and it was the last time I saw him,” she said.
Shirley is a mother of three, but Willis was her only son. She said that he was her best friend and she could share everything and anything with him. She was feeling particularly sleepy on Friday after Willis left. When she finally gathered the strength to take her one daughter to the mall, there was a knock at the door. “Willis’s father’s eldest sister and a relative were knocking loudly at the door. They told me to come quick as Willis was in an accident. I was shocked. I asked if he was okay, what had happened, and they couldn’t say anything,” she said.
Smith’s father, Willis Smith senior, a police colonel at the Worcester South African Police Service (SAPS), was notified by the tow truck agency of his son’s accident and rushed to the scene. “I was the first police official on the scene. There were paramedics and traffic officers on the scene. He was on his way to an accident scene when he crashed. There are mixed reports about witnesses saying he had a tyre burst and another stating his tyre burst after something in the road pierced his tyre. I am just glad he was not reckless as he was in his lane as he should have been,” Colonel Smith said. Willis senior said he knew his son would not make it when he watched paramedics attempt to resuscitate him, there was too much blood flowing from Willis Junior’s head. “I really feel sad for the other family who also lost loved ones in this crash. Both our families are broken. I will go visit the other family to convey our condolences,” the Colonel said.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel André Traut said the accident occurred at about 2.45pm. “It is alleged that a traffic vehicle collided with a civilian vehicle. The male traffic officer, aged 27, succumbed to death as well as two female occupants of the civilian vehicle aged 22 and one of unknown age. An injured person was admitted to hospital. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be determined and a culpable homicide case was registered,” Traut said.
Willis Junior is described as a respectable, obedient and loving person who always put others before himself. His life’s mission was to take care of his parents as much as possible.
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