Alleged racing causes crash

2013-07-02 00:00

WAS the collision on the corner of Victoria Road and Boshoff Street late on Sunday night a result of illegal drag racing?

That’s what police are trying to ascertain in the course of their investigation into the crash between a car and a taxi that left three people injured.

The collision occurred while two vehicles were allegedly drag racing down Victoria Road. According to witnesses, as the cars went through the intersection of Victoria and Boshoff Street, one of the vehicles, a VW Golf 6, hit the taxi at the intersection. The taxi had only one passenger.

Victoria Road has been identified as a hot spot for illegal drag racing by KwaZulu Private Ambulance’s Shami Krishan.

“Drag racing is very dangerous. Previously people used to drag race illegally near Makro at Camps Drift. We used to get a lot of accident calls there, where drag racers were seriously injured. There were a couple of fatalities in the past, where cars ended up in the river.”

However, the introduction of speed humps in the Camps Drift area has not put a stop to illegal drag racing in the city. “Now the hot spots for drag racing are New Greytown Road and Victoria Road,” said Krishan.

According to Vanessa Jackson of ER24, the driver of the car sustained serious injuries. “The driver of the VW Golf 6 was trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle and the Jaws of Life were used to remove him. He was taken to hospital by ambulance under advanced life support care. The driver and single passenger who were in the taxi at the time fortunately suffered only moderate injuries and they too received care from paramedics before being taken to hospital by ambulance.”

The police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Captain Dolf Otto of SAPS said: “A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened. We are investigating the cause of the accident and testing the vehicles to determine what happened, and to see who was at fault.”

The vehicles also caused damage to the Workwear Depot on Boshoff Street. Manager Aage Jagger said: “Our palisade fencing was damaged, but there was no damage to the actual building. We are not sure about the details of the accident, but from what we heard, the accident was horrific.”

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