3 killed in horror crash near Bulwer

2014-10-02 00:00

THREE people were killed in a horror accident near Bulwer yesterday.

Two others were lucky to escape with their lives.

A car, said to be a Tata, collided with a truck on the R617 between Bulwer and Underberg, killing two men and a woman at the scene.

The accident happened at around 10.30 am.

Robert Mckenzie of the EMS said: “The driver of the truck and a fourth occupant of the light motor vehicle, both men, were critically injured and were treated by paramedics and rushed to St Appolonaris Hospital …”

The Tata car was reduced to mangled wreckage with both its sides squashed. The interior of the car, including the seats and pieces of the engine were forced downward, protruding below the exterior of the car.

It was impossible to see the licence disc or the front number plate.

The truck was also extensively damaged.

People at the scene who refused to give their names said the car, coming from the direction of Underberg, lost control just before the Centocow turn-off and collided with the truck.

Zinhle Mngomezulu of the Road Traffic Inspectorate said the road may have been slippery as they had received reports of rain and windy conditions.

She said the car ended up underneath the truck during the collision and the truck overturned.

She said the accident was one of the worst she has seen. “One passenger in the Tata was lucky as he was thrown out of the car on impact.”

By 1 pm, the bodies of the deceased still lay on the road covered in foil blankets.

A small group of women who were standing next to the scene, one of whom had witnessed the accident, told The Witness said the female passenger in the car had suffered the most severe injuries as she had been crushed between the seats when the collision happened.

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