Low-flying doctor in fatal crash

2011-12-25 22:00

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Johannesburg - A medical doctor has been arrested after an accident that claimed two lives in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

The speeding doctor crashed his Mercedes-Benz onto the back of a bakkie on the R513 around 18:00 on Saturday, spokesperson Johannes Jafta said.

"The bakkie overturned a few times, killing two people on the scene," he said. Six others were taken to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.

The doctor, in his early 40s, was not hurt.

"Jafta said he was arrested on the scene and released on R1 000 bail, but could not immediately reveal the charges he faced. He was expected to appear in court soon.

The occupants of the bakkie were travelling to a church in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, when the crash happened.

Meanwhile, three speedsters added R1 000 to each of their Christmas spending when they were released on bail after being caught at speed traps on Christmas Eve, Johannesburg metro police said on Sunday.

"The one who was going the fastest was doing 194km/h in a grey Audi R8," said spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

"He said he was coming from Polokwane and rushing to a party in Johannesburg."

The three incidents were on the N1 South at Midrand.

The three motorists will appear in separate cases in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Minnaar warned motorists to drive within the speed limit.

- SAPA

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