Woman flung from car and dies in crash

2014-11-11 00:00

FLUNG from the back of a flat-bed truck as it plowed into a car, a woman was hurled through the air and onto the hard tarmac, where she later died.

This was the first scene of a string of crashes in the city over the weekend.

An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said a Volvo car was approaching the traffic lights on Chatterton Road outside the McDonald’s outlet when a light truck tried to turn into the adjacent road from the oncoming lane.

“The driver tried to swerve into the next lane to avoid the truck but it smashed into the side of the car and the car swung around more than 180 degrees. Passengers in the back of the truck were flung into the air and landed all around the vehicles,” the eyewitness said.

The woman, who was flung from the truck, died on scene and seven others were injured. Attempts by The Witness to find out her name were unsuccessful yesterday.

The eyewitness alleged that passengers in the truck were severely intoxicated, but this could not be confirmed. “She was alive at first but we could not find anybody to call for help for at least 20 minutes. We kept asking her to keep her eyes open but she unfortunately died before paramedics arrived,” the eyewitness said.

According to the Department of Transport’s Colin Govender, the truck is believed to be owned by the Londiwe Driving School. All attempts to get comment from the driving school were unsuccessful.

Netcare 911 spokesperson, Chris Botha, said paramedics found the truck had overturned on impact and its passengers were ejected as it rolled.

“Four people sustained serious injuries, while three escaped with minor injuries and refused treatment,” Botha said.

In a separate incident, a passenger died when the driver lost control of a vehicle that overturned on the N3 at Hilton on Saturday night. The driver escaped with light injuries. Lastly, on the N3 south-bound near Ashburton, a head-on collision left one person dead and seven people injured on Saturday night. Botha said paramedics found the highway totally obstructed with accident debris and the twisted remains of the vehicles scattered everywhere.

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