Man drowns after car lands in river

2016-10-05 06:00
Photo: supplied Paramedics and the fire department wait for the car to be removed from the river.

Photo: supplied Paramedics and the fire department wait for the car to be removed from the river.

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A PERSON died after a car veered off the N2 and plunged down an embankment near the Amanzimtoti River bridge on Saturday evening.

This accident is one of many that have occurred in the same area on rainy days.

Netcare 911 and the fire department responded to the scene and found the vehicle, with two people in, submerged under the water.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said: “Firemen dived into the water and managed to pull one man to safety, but could not get to the other man.

“After the vehicle was pulled free from the water by a tow truck the firemen found the driver still strapped in his seat. Unfortunately, he died due to the fact that he was submerged for an extensive period.”

The accident is being investigated.

Following this incident, Cllr André Beetge has called a meeting with Sanral, ER24, representatives from the towing association and Municipal Roads and Storm Water department on Wednesday, 5 October.

“It is now becoming an epidemic and needs urgent address. I am calling on all drivers to exercise caution and slow down in wet weather as there is more water flowing over road surfaces. We are currently experiencing more intensified bursts of hard rain, which causes a backup in the storm-water drain system,” said Beetge.

He said the meeting will look at what the road surface looks like at, for instance, at 2am and ways to reinforce and erect additional barriers.

“Please convey our sincere condolences to the family of the 20-year-old who lost his life on the weekend and the other families who had lost loved ones in accidents.”

Beetge confirmed that at the intersection of N2 at Adams Road, the bridge washed away.

“We were aware of the situation and there had been plans put in place to reconstruct, these plans will now be accelerated,” he said. - Supplied.

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