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2 killed in Free State bakkie crash

2011-12-29 08:38

Bloemfontein - Two men were killed and a woman was critically injured when their bakkie collided head-on with a car on the N8 near Petrusburg in the Free State, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

"Paramedics arrived to find that a man had already succumbed to his injuries inside the Hyundai, while the second man was found with fatal injuries lying on the ground outside the vehicle. There was nothing further that paramedics could do for the two men and they were declared deceased," said Jackson.

Rescue workers used the jaws of life to cut the body of one of the men out of the Hyundai.

A woman was found lying in the road next to the bakkie. She was airlifted to Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein in a critical condition.

Comments
  • Richard - 2011-12-29 09:19

    Would be interesed to know what the roadworthy condition of the two cars were before the accident.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2011-12-29 09:38

    that road to Petrusburg is hell. lots of construction work and very few places to overtake safely. my guess is someone grew impatient and did something rash.

      StarStruck - 2011-12-29 10:07

      Everything is a colossal mission in SA so with that in mind we are all impatient when exposed to these circumstances. The difference between living and dying in these situations would be the lack of sound judgement. Combine impatient with poor judgement and it becomes understandable why there have already been more than 1000 fatalities on our roads this month. The foresight of the ANC is just non-existent. Now before any die hard ANC comrades start lashing out at me, take a deep breath and think for a second. The ANC had 11 months this year to prepare the roads for holiday makers and they didn’t. They also had 11 months to increase police visibility and they only woke up when everyone started shopping for Christmas gifts. They also had 18 years to try and find suitable solutions to gridlocked roads in metropolitan areas which they didn’t instead they force the road users to pay toll fees to use busy and vital roads with the Gautrain as the only suitable alternative. They do not deserve the control over billions of South African Rands not by a long shot.

  • Wendy - 2011-12-29 10:00

    Bad driving .. yes ... but the roads departments all over SA have much to be accountable for. In Johannesburg alone, not one day passes, where even 50% of the traffic lights work, causing great jams and stress. As for the pot holes .. but oh sorry .. business must get involved. We pay taxes and plenty for this reason, and yet an insurance company helps with pointsmen, why is that, because our departments aren't managed, we just pay and pay and pay. Now they want tolls as well, so their pockets can be lined yet again. Is there one department in this government that actually does a good job, oh wait yes, the ones that take in money ...

      StarStruck - 2011-12-29 10:27

      You are so right Wendy. The one thing that still baffles me is that every person with a SA ID is still able to vote when only the tax payers should have that privilege. It is becoming increasingly frustrating to see that things are just not improving. Even with all the exposed corruption. In 2008 a statistic showed that just over 9 million black people have upgraded from poor to middle class earners. They will all agree that their taxes are not being spent wisely.

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