Man dies after car catches fire

2014-04-14 00:00

A YOUNG man died when his car overturned and caught fire on the N3 near Shongweni on Saturday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said paramedics found the man still in the car but could not save him.

She said an eyewitness told paramedics the car veered off the road, overturned and caught fire.

“The fire department was on the scene but they could not get the man out of his car. They only extinguished the fire, which had spread to about 20 square metres of the land around the vehicle,” said Majija.

She said the eyewitness told paramedics that he tried to assist the man who was alone in the car, but the car was already engulfed in flames. There were no other people injured in the incident.

Dennis Govender, Metro fire department divisional head, said there was nothing the fire fighters could do to save the man. “We understand that the driver lost control and crashed the car. He was driving towards Pietermaritzburg,” he said.

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