Man hurt as car crashes into river

2010-07-19 09:49

A man was injured when his car plunged into a river after an accident involving a bus on the N1 South before the Stormvoël off-ramp this morning.

“Paramedics found a double cab bakkie that had crashed down the embankment. A man believed to be in his early 40s was still trapped in the vehicle,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

The driver claimed he was travelling on the N1 towards Johannesburg when a bus crashed into the back of his vehicle and pushed him off the highway. “The Tshwane fire department used ropes to pull the man up the embankment where he was ... transported to the Life Eugene Marais Hospital to be treated for neck and back injuries.”

No one was injured in the bus, which was found parked nearby.

The accident happened less than 24 hours after four people were killed and 13 injured when a minibus taxi burst a tyre and rolled on the N1 near Stormvoel yesterday.

Three people were killed on the scene and a child between the ages of seven and eight died on the way to hospital, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

North West community safety spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele, who was at the scene around 4pm said: “A Toyota Quantum taxi travelling ... north allegedly burst a tyre, hit the embankment, crossed the highway and rolled several times into the opposite lane.”

The bodies of the passengers were strewn across the highway. About eight ambulances were at the scene.

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