Cops fire rubber bullets after fatal beer crash

2011-12-06 14:05
East London - A man was killed and six other people were seriously injured on Tuesday in a three-vehicle crash near Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, police said.

A truck loaded with beer bottles and travelling on the N2 from East London collided head-on with another truck carrying shoes and coming from Butterworth at about 06:00, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

A car then rammed into the back of the liquor truck. The driver of the beer truck, believed to be in his mid-30s, died on the scene.

"Local residents stole beers and shoes from the wrecks of the vehicles," Manatha said.

"Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd and recovered some of the liquor."

No one was wounded in the shooting. Those injured in the accident were admitted to different East London hospitals. A culpable homicide docket was opened.
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