Four die in head-on collision

2011-10-10 00:00

SPEEDING has been cited as the cause of the accident that claimed the lives of four young men in Ladysmith on Saturday evening.

Amith Ramphal (28), Sanjil Ramraj (20), Irshad Harilal (22) and Zubair Warasally (age not known) were killed when a car they were traveling in collided head-on with a fuel tanker. The four were apparently heading to town and the tanker was making a turn into a fuel station.

A paramedic who attended the accident scene said all indications showed that the men were speeding when the accident happened.

“It is believed that they were probably driving a little fast and when the truck turned in front of them, there was nothing they could do.”

The paramedic said the scene was terrible and they had to use the jaws of like to extricate some of the passengers trapped in the wreckage.

“This was a bad scene, but we have attended to worse scenes, in this case we found that all their bodies were still intact.”

Iqbal Khan, a community member, said they also suspected that the four were speeding when the accident occurred. “They were probably speeding because their car slammed into a truck and the four of them died on impact.”

Khan said the incident had left the community in shock. “We are a very small community compared to Pietermaritzburg or Durban and we are very closely knit and this incident has not only devastated their families, but it has left the whole community in shock.

“We know all these boys very well and to see their lives ending in such a terrible way before they even reached their prime is very terrible.”

Khan said one of the deceased, Harilal, had left a bride of 10 days. “His mother died when he was a youngster and he was brought up by his elder sister, he had just got married 10 days ago.”

Spokesperson for the SA Police Service Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident and said the police are conducting an investigation.

“The police will take a statement from the driver who has not been arrested and the docket will then be forwarded to the prosecutor.

Meanwhile, two people were killed in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, when an Audi hit a group of men. Bystanders on the scene said a group of men were busy offloading cargo from a truck when a vehicle crashed into them.

Two men died at the scene and another four sustained multiple injuries.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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