They were going so fast, says eyewitness

2013-10-11 00:00

SPEEDING was the cause of the crash, an eyewitness said yesterday.

A shocked Pierre Marais of Pierre’s Towlines, who witnessed the accident and was one of the first at the scene, said it was caused by excessive speed.

“There is a bend in the road, that if you were travelling at the speed they were travelling at, you would not make it.

“It happened so fast … that I did not even see the bodies being flung into the garage … When it happened, I got out of my car and rushed to the car and found there was only one guy partially hanging out of the car,” he said.

The car went out of control at the Alexandra Road intersection, crashed through the median and sideswiped a municipal dump truck, spun and came to rest in front of the Shell garage.

The force of the crash sent the truck veering off the road and through a barrier wall at Park Avenue flats.

In video footage from the Shell Garage, two of the victims can be seen flying into the garage service area where they landed next to the petrol pumps. Another was found under a fence near the Shell garage. It appears that only one of the men was wearing a seat belt.

Much of the body of the car had disintegrated, its parts strewn over a wide swathe of road. A headrest and the spare tyre were found inside the garage, the tyre having separated from the rim.

An emergency worker, who asked not to be named for professional reasons, said they had seen the car in the CBD.

“They [the occupants] noticed we had been admiring the car. Then they took off at speed.”

Some 10 minutes later, the emergency worker was called out to an accident and realised the car they had been admiring had crashed.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 paramedics said all four of the young men had suffered extensive and traumatic injuries.

Brian Zuma of the Msunduzi Municipality said their employees in the dump truck had suffered minor injuries.

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