5 die in suspected drag race accident

2013-01-02 09:44

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Johannesburg – Five people on the West Rand in Gauteng were killed after a suspected drag race went wrong on Tuesday.

An elderly pedestrian died on the scene, while four others in a bakkie were killed, EWN reported.

The cars were racing one another through Kagiso, when one of the cars hit a pedestrian.

The driver of the second car reportedly fled the scene.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Ashref Ismail said most accidents were caused by reckless driving, dangerous overtaking, speeding and drunk driving, IOL reported.

The death toll of accidents in and around South Africa over the festive season reached a staggering 1 200 on Monday evening, with expectations of it being the highest in 5 years.

Many motorists are expected on the roads on Wednesday when holidaymakers return home.

The death toll for the entire holiday in 2011 season was 1078.

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