Road crashes kill two

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Two peo­ple died in ac­ci­dents near Gra­ham­stown (Makhanda) on Tues­day 24 July.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mali Goven­der said a de­tainee be­ing trans­ported in the back of a Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices ve­hi­cle from Port Al­fred to Gra­ham­stown (Makhanda) died after it col­lided with a pri­vate ve­hi­cle at Stones Hill around 10am on Tues­day 24 July.

The 26-year-old man sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and was taken to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance. He passed away at 5.10pm yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Both drivers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries. A case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide was opened fol­low­ing an ear­lier hor­ror ac­ci­dent on the N2 from the Gra­ham­stown (Makhanda) to Port El­iz­a­beth around 3am on Sat­ur­day 21 July 2018.

Goven­der said a grey BMW was trav­el­ling from the Gra­ham­stown di­rec­tion to­wards Port El­iz­a­beth.

“The driver lost con­trol on a curve 43km from Gra­ham­stown,” Goven­der said.the ve­hi­cle hit the left­hand-side rail­ings and over­turned sev­eral times.

"The pas­sen­ger was thrown out of the ve­hi­cle he died on the scene with mul­ti­ple in­juries," Goven­der said. "He had head in­juries, both legs were bro­ken and one was com­pletely am­pu­tated."

In a ter­ri­ble sequel, the driver of a re­tail chain's de­liv­ery truck trav­el­ling to­wards Gra­ham­stown veered to the left side of the road to avoid the ac­ci­dent scene, but in­stead drove over the dead pas­sen­ger.

"The truck has no dam­age, but the BMW was se­verely dam­aged," Goven­der said.

The driver was in hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Po­lice were try­ing to es­tab­lish the names of both the BMW oc­cu­pants. A sep­a­rate in­ci­dent oc­curred on Sun­day 22 July.

Goven­der said a Toy­ota Quan­tum with 16 oc­cu­pants was trav­el­ling from Glen­more Lo­ca­tion to Fort Beau­fort for a church service when the ve­hi­cle left the road and over­turned. "The de­tails of the in­ci­dent are un­clear," said Goven­der. "A to­tal of 16 ca­su­al­ties all adults were treated by medics on the scene. All pa­tients were con­veyed to Fort Beau­fort Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal."

Goven­der said a case of reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Fort Beau­fort SAPS.

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