5th person dies after bakkie crash

2012-11-11 22:59

Johannesburg - The death toll in a KwaZulu-Natal bakkie crash has risen to five after one of the injured died in hospital, the province's transport department said on Sunday.

The driver of a bakkie carrying people to a funeral lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on the R61, near St Michaels, on Saturday evening, the department said.

The occupants, from Durban, and were travelling to the Eastern Cape.

Four people died on the scene and one later in hospital. Four of the passengers were in a critical condition.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the bakkie was carrying 15 people.

"Emergency services arrived at the scene and found that the crumpled remains of the vehicle came to rest about 200m down the road after ejecting the passengers along the way."

The injured were taken to the provincial hospital in Port Shepstone.

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-11-12 01:35

    Tragic news! RIP.

  • barry.pointeer - 2012-11-12 05:18

    i thought that it was ilegal to carry passengers in an open bakkie?? and i see this nearly every day in Gueteng.

      manny.dasilva.902 - 2012-11-12 06:28

      Who enforces the rules of the road? The same person that fines you if a REVERSE light does not work. Now what is more important here?

      peter.j.cock - 2012-11-12 12:00

      15 people in a "bakkie" - must have been small people. ( 4 in the front and 11 on the back, standing nogal ) and I got stopped because one headlight was not working and this was at lunchtime!

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