4 hurt as hi­jacked car causes pileup

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Gareth Wil­son

A sus­pected hi­jacker was ar­rested af­ter four peo­ple, in­clud­ing a teenager, were in­jured in a three-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Tar­get Kloof, Walmer, on Fri­day morn­ing.

A red VW Polo, which was hi­jacked only min­utes be­fore, col­lided with a Nis­san and then rolled across the road into on­com­ing traf­fic be­fore be­ing hit by a pass­ing truck.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Jo­han Rheeder said the Polo had been hi­jacked in Par­lia­ment Street at about 7.15am.

“A 21-year-old woman was hi­jacked by four men. The woman was forced out of the car by the sus­pects, who sped off.

“The car raced to­wards Tar­get Kloof. A white Nis­san ve­hi­cle was turn­ing into the road from a side street when the Polo ap­pears to have col­lided with it.

“A 15-year-old and two par­ents were in the car. On im­pact, the Polo veered into the op­po­site lane, where a pass­ing Isuzu truck col­lided with it.”

Fire­fight­ers were called to cut open the wreck­age to re­move the sus­pected hi­jacker, who was trapped in­side.

Rheeder said the fam­ily and truck driver had also been taken to hos­pi­tal.

“The sus­pect who was in the Polo is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and was also rushed to hos­pi­tal. He will be placed un­der po­lice guard.”

Rheeder said the re­main­ing three sus­pects had not been in the car at the time of the crash.

“It is sus­pected the other three were dropped off some­where.

“A case of hi­jack­ing and reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing has been opened.”–

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