Doctor among dead as vehicle plunges into Duzi

2016-04-18 13:31
The open-top vehicle after its driver had crashed and plunged into the Duzi River.

The open-top vehicle after its driver had crashed and plunged into the Duzi River. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A local doctor and two other people were killed when the car they were travelling in plunged into the Duzi River early on Sunday morning.

It is believed the driver of the open-top vehicle veered off Greyling Street, crashing into concrete pillars, and plunged into the river.

A female passenger and the male driver escaped the crash with minor injuries.

The doctor and two others were declared dead at the scene.

The police could not release the names of the victims yesterday, while the driver was charged with culpable homicide and is due to appear in court soon.

According to reports, the car belonged to the doctor, but he was not not driving at the time.

Residents at Walthew Square, where the crash happened around 3.30 am, said they heard a sudden loud noise, followed by a woman’s screams.

Rose van der Merwe and her daughter Lanade were the first to rush to the scene.

“We heard a bang and a few seconds later a female voice started screaming for help.

“My daughter and I rushed out of our beds to see what was happening, to find a car had plunged into the river,” she said.

Van der Merwe said the driver had wanted to leave the scene, but was stopped by other people who arrived at the scene. She said the screaming woman was terrified and shaking.

“We made sugar water to calm her down.”

Other residents arrived at the scene and helped to locate the bodies in the river, she said.

According to the emergency services, the bodies of a woman and two men were then removed from the river, while two people were treated and taken to Northdale Hospital for further treatment.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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