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Woman burns to death after N1 crash

2011-12-17 20:04

Johannesburg - Two women were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned on the N1 in the Karoo, Western Cape traffic management said on Saturday.

"One woman fell out of the vehicle and died. The other one burnt to death," said chief director Kenny Africa.

He said a tyre on a trailer attached to the vehicle burst while the vehicle was travelling between Three Sister and Richmond.

"The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned."

Africa said a man and his two children, aged 8 and 9, who were also in the vehicle, escaped unscathed.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2011-12-17 20:36

    Really sad.

  • Jan - 2011-12-17 21:31

    Tragic! The annual Dec & Easter carnage on our roads is horrifying. Please be alert and drive safely.

  • Esperanca - 2011-12-17 21:34

    tragic indeed. It's the silly season again, pease be careful out there. God be with us all. May their souls RIP.

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-17 21:42

    Sad... really sad.. Rest when ur tired

  • Anton Blignaut - 2011-12-18 08:26

    I am so shocked to read this now. Me and my wife stopped at the accident yesterday, it happened minutes before us. We stopped to help but the fire was so intense from the bakkie and it was very dangerous to go near the bakkie. I phoned the rescue services and we praid for the people in the accident. I saw the one women in the middle of the road and someone was helping her, she looked ok at that time. A injured man was walking around the bakkie collecting things that was laying all over the road. I can not believe he and the 2 children made it out alive, only by God's hand. May God be with them and with the family.

      sanette.mouton - 2011-12-18 09:02

      Hi Anton. Thanks for stopping to help. Those people are very close friends of ours. Can not believe that they are gone. Thanks again.

  • comurray - 2011-12-18 08:28

    Yet another unnecessary tragic accident, please people slow down while driving long distances. Your destination has been and will still be there for the next century or more. Reducing your speed to 100kmh will only add an hour or two to your travelling time, however it will be one hell of a lot safer for all.

      Gail - 2011-12-18 12:44

      Reducing speed to 100kmh will not necessarily save your life. It depends on many factors including whether it is your time to go or not. Wearing a seat belt might have saved the one woman's life but then she may have burnt to death. We hit cows at about 100 kmh. Both of us were wearing seatbelts in front, I survived with a broken neck and my husband died instantly . One passenger in the back escaped unharmed while the one behind my husband was thrown 100 metres from the somersaulting car and survived with a broken femur because he was thrown out of the path of the vehicle which rolled after it somersaulted. I believe I survived because I am large and the guy behind me was very tall though not strapped in. Seconds decide who lives and dies as well as seemingly inconsequential factors. My husband's side of the car took the full impact of hitting the cow and he was slight and fit and had lightening reflexes but it was his time and not a bad way to go for a man who fitted more into a day than anyone I knew. I assumed the position suggested for impact on a plane and relaxed into it remaining fully conscious throughout even to knowing that my neck was broken but my limbs were still functional. There was no time to stabilise me because of the risk of fire and we too were in a BMW.

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-18 09:09

    Reading this i understand why gf is so pissed with me driving up to port elizabeth from cape town

  • Ian - 2011-12-18 12:21

    does not compute, does not register, does not listen

  • Jacques - 2011-12-18 17:57

    We know these people personally and our hearts go out to the families. As our brother and sisters in Christ we do not understand it as the driver is a great man of God and not reckless at all. It was very disturbing when we heard about it. Our love and prayers goes out to him as he is in hospital and their families. With great love and symphathy. Jacques

      browneh - 2011-12-19 07:03

      Jacques, was the driver Ntonbiyinkosi from Mozambique? She was an incredible person who did so much to help the people in the rural southern Mozambique area around Mamholi. Her loss will be sorely felt by many people, acquaineces, friends and mostly by her son and husband! RIP Ntombiyinkosi we will remember and love you always and will continue your legacy!

  • lynn.vanstaden - 2011-12-19 00:34

    Our prayers & thoughts are with the family & friends. A tragic loss, that's hard to understand. RIP

  • browneh - 2011-12-19 06:37

    Sanette please let me know if tis was Ntombiyinkosi from Moz, I was devastated to hear of my good friends passing whilst on her way back to Moz from CT and knowing her she would have had other people with her as she was always helping others?

      mike.david.jacobs - 2011-12-19 09:21

      Yes, it was Ntombi from Mozambique. And she wasn't the driver.

      browneh - 2011-12-25 22:07

      Thanks Mike...terrible that two woman who were so intent on doing God's work were taken so tragically. We will never understand but have to trust in God's plan!

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