Fa­tal crash on R67 claims per­son’s life

Talk of the Town - - News - LOUISE CARTER

ONE man was fa­tally in­jured and an­other is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter an ac­ci­dent on the R67 late on Satur­day evening.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred 17km out­side Bathurst to­wards Gra­ham­stown and de­tails, at this point, are still un­ver­i­fied and be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The news that the pas­sen­ger, a 20-year-old for­mer PJ Olivier pupil, Hen­drik Olivier, lost his life in the ac­ci­dent has shaken the Gra­ham­stown and Port Al­fred com­mu­ni­ties.

Re­ports in­di­cate the ve­hi­cle crashed into a tree and the oc­cu­pants had to be re­moved by the Jaws of Life. The driver is cur­rently in ICU in a Port El­iz­a­beth hos­pi­tal with se­vere in­juries.

Po­lice spokes­woman Cap­tain Mali Goven­der con­firmed the events and said that Olivier died on im­pact.

“The ve­hi­cle hit a tree,” Goven­der said. “It is not known what hap­pened to cause the ac­ci­dent.”

A case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Mean­while con­do­lences have been pour­ing in from so­cial me­dia sites, ex­press­ing shock and grief for the fam­i­lies and friends of both men.

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