6 killed as car rolls, splits in half

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Johannesburg - Six people were killed and one was injured in an accident at the Geldenhuys interchange in Germiston on Saturday, said Ekurhuleni metro police.

Spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said the crash occurred on the N3 freeway at the M2 split.

"It is not clear what occurred before the accident but preliminary investigations reveal that a blue five-door VW Golf travelling on the N3 towards Durban lost control, hit a steel barrier and as it rolled a few times, it ejected three occupants before it separated into two pieces," said Mokheseng.

Five of the deceased were males estimated to be in their 20s and late 30s. A female occupant, aged 44, was also killed. Paramedics declared them dead on the scene.

The only survivor of the accident, a 37-year-old male, was rushed to the Natalspruit hospital with serious injuries.

Traffic on the N3 was affected for a few hours.

"A case of culpable homicide has been registered at the Germiston police station," said Mokheseng.

Second deadly crash

Meanwhile, a woman was killed and three people were injured in another accident in Germiston early on Saturday.

"A Hyundai Getz travelling on the Black Reef road towards Katlehong lost control, hit a capstone and drove straight into a precast wall of an engineering company," said Mokheseng.

The 23-year-old male driver and two female passengers, both in their 20s, were rushed to the Natalspruit hospital with serious injuries. The other passenger, a 28-year-old female, died on the scene.

"It is not clear what occurred before the accident but preliminary investigations reveal that fatigue might have played a role," said Mokheseng.

A case of culpable homicide was opened at the Elsburg police station.
- SAPA
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