2 die in tragic end to soccer game

2013-07-29 08:53

Potchefstroom - Two people were killed when their bakkie overturned in Potchefstroom on Sunday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said 15 people were travelling in a bakkie on their way back from a soccer game.

"It appears that the driver of the bakkie suddenly lost control of the vehicle and it then rolled."

She said occupants on the back of the bakkie were ejected.

"Two of the young men had suffered such extensive injuries that they did not survive the crash."

Two other men suffered critical injuries and were rushed to hospital by ambulance for further treatment.

"The remaining 11 patients, including the two men who had been sitting in the bakkie's front cabin, were treated for minor or moderate injuries and were taken to hospital."

  • Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-29 08:58

    My question, is it a traffic offence to drive with passengers seating at the back of a bakkie?

      Heinrich Spreeth - 2013-07-29 09:00

      exactly ,fines if you don't buckle up in your car ,even on the back seat. But as soon as you are on the back of a bakkie open or closed canopy no worries..... you're fine

      Johan Kotze - 2013-07-29 09:09

      Yeah nothing wrong with this case you get 15 seater bakkies at any Toyota car dealership.. just go ask! But on a Serious note. Sorry for the loss of the lives its unfortunate and plain stupid of the driver as the bakkie is not suppose to carry more than 3 occupants if its a single cab. Authorities needs to start charging people with attempted murder for overloaded vehicles.

      Grego Sgopi - 2013-07-29 14:09

      It is an offence.If look at any bakkie licence it does not make provision for people at the back

  • Joutoffie Man - 2013-07-29 09:18

    Top-heavy and overloaded. The most dangerous combination on the road.!

  • Marlene Black - 2013-07-29 09:20

    If the passengers at the back are being transported to work, it's inhuman and illegal, I wonder if its any different for a social event?

  • Glenda Owen-Smith Greeff - 2013-07-29 09:21

    Problem is, certain people have no other form of transport and no money, but a great desire to participate in sport

      Johan Kotze - 2013-07-29 09:35

      point is its still ilegal! If you use that guideline in life I can just walk into a jewelry store and beat the sales person up and take what i want.

  • Freda Peens - 2013-07-29 09:38

    don't you need a pdp when transporting so many people. It was overloaded.

  • Staczen Ngoeper - 2013-07-29 10:07

    ''Condolences to their beloved family''

  • John Mathibe - 2013-07-29 10:17

    for the love of the football may their soul rest in peace! I do agree with Glenda Owen as i also hire bakkies to transport my team, though is more dangerous in cases like this but matter of fact cost of living is too high.

      Johan Kotze - 2013-07-29 12:45

      Well the law states for each person being transported they MUST wear a seat belt and the driver not the passenger can get fined R500 per person not wearing one.

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