Four killed in N12 crashes

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FOUR peo­ple died in two sep­a­rate mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents that took place about three kilo­me­tres away from each other and just 10 min­utes apart on the N12 be­tween Kim­ber­ley and War­ren­ton on the week­end.

In the first ac­ci­dent, three peo­ple were killed in a head-on col­li­sion in­volv­ing a BMW and a Volk­swa­gen Ve­loc­ity about 10 kilo­me­tres out­side War­ren­ton on Fri­day evening.

The Jaws of Life had to be used to re­move the bod­ies from the man­gled wreck­age.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the War­ren­ton po­lice sta­tion, Sergeant Sipho Taliwe, said that two men from War­ren­ton, who were trav­el­ling in the Ve­loc­ity, were killed on im­pact, while a woman, who was seated in the back seat of the BMW, also died in the ac­ci­dent that took place at about 8.10pm.

Taliwe said that the driver and sec­ond pas­sen­ger in the BMW were trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal in Kim­ber­ley.

He in­di­cated that the oc­cu­pants of the BMW were from Tem­bisa in Gaut­eng. Taliwe said the cause of the ac­ci­dent was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The sec­ond ac­ci­dent took place at about 8.20pm, when a bus trans­port­ing foot­ball play­ers, who were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the na­tional in­ter-Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment in Kim­ber­ley, col­lided with a Volk­swa­gen Polo about 60 kilo­me­tres out­side Kim­ber­ley.

Taliwe said that the driver of the Polo ap­par­ently swerved into the on­com­ing lane and crashed into the bus head on.

The bus veered off the road down a steep de­cline and crashed through a wire fence be­fore it came to a stand­still in the veld.

The bus was trans­port­ing 62 Cape Town foot­ball play­ers who were com­mut­ing be­tween Kim­ber­ley and War­ren­ton for overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Taliwe said the driver of the Polo died on the scene while the bus driver’s right leg was in­jured.

The bus driver was trans­ported by Emer-G-Med to the Len­med Hos­pi­tal in Kim­ber­ley where he un­der­went surgery.

“None of the pas­sen­gers on the bus were in­jured although they were sent for med­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion,” he stated.

The pas­sen­gers in­di­cated that the bus driver had, af­ter the col­li­sion, “mirac­u­lously” man­aged to steer the dou­ble-decker bus with­out over­turn­ing the ve­hi­cle.

They stated that they were shaken by the ac­ci­dent and were un­cer­tain whether they would be play­ing in the fi­nals of the tour­na­ment.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that the driver was in­jured, he han­dled the ac­ci­dent with great skill. We were in good hands.”

The War­ren­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

The owner of Sal Fred bus, Freddy Chris­tians, said that a re­place­ment bus was im­me­di­ately sent to trans­port the play­ers fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

“They were back on the game on Satur­day, tak­ing part in the fi­nals. None of the play­ers were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent. They left Kim­ber­ley on Satur­day night af­ter the game.”

He said that the driver’s right leg was bro­ken in three places.

“We are wait­ing to hear from the orthopaedic unit whether it will be nec­es­sary to op­er­ate. As soon as he is dis­charged, we will trans­port him back to Cape Town, as he is keen to re­cu­per­ate at home. He will be okay.”

Chris­tians be­lieved that the driver man­aged to keep con­trol of the bus by re­main­ing calm and act­ing ra­tio­nally. “All our driv­ers com­plete ad­vanced driv­ing cour­ses.”

A woman was mean­while trans­ported to hos­pi­tal by Emer-G-Med on Satur­day af­ter her ve­hi­cle crashed into a tree on the N12, about 20 kilo­me­tres out­side Kim­ber­ley on the War­ren­ton road.

In a fourth in­ci­dent, a mo­torist col­lided with a cow, which was killed, on the N8 road on Fri­day. The driver was not in­jured.

Pic­ture: So­raya Crowie

BUS CRASH: A man was killed af­ter his sil­ver Polo (be­low) smashed into a bus (left) late Fri­day evening.

KILLER CRASH: Three peo­ple were killed in a head-on col­li­sion in­volv­ing this BMW.

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