Car splits in two

2012-11-11 07:11

Johannesburg - A person was killed and another seriously injured when their BMW veered off the road and crashed, paramedics said on Saturday.

The vehicle veered off Ontdekkers road on Friday evening and overturned several times before hitting a roadside post and splitting in two, ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said in a statement.

"One man was ejected from the vehicle and the other was found seated in the wreck. Both are believed to be aged in their 20s," Visser said.

One of the men was found dead on the scene.

The second man had a deep cut and broken bones in his left arm. He also sustained back and neck injuries and was taken to hospital.

Police attended the scene and will conduct further investigations.

  • more.pido - 2012-11-11 07:15

    my gosh

      gungets.tuft - 2012-11-11 10:38

      @ssmonareng - no they didn't. You were born in .. what ... 1985??. You wouldn't know what the road were like. There were fewer cars and mini-bus taxi was not yet a big thing. The railways were better so far fewer big trucks on the road but the disrepect for the law was no different to today. If you can find it, check out the deaths stats per 1000 vehicles and there were probably more, because cars are safer now.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-11-11 17:37

      @ssmonareng: In the 70s and 80s people who grew up in the 40s and 50s would lament the lost respect for road rules of earlier times. No doubt your grand kids will look to the times we live in now and remember how “safe” driving on the roads was!! Welcome to the world of comparing piesangs with naartjies. I don’t blame you, we all do that. However, do be careful about assuming that government can do (or must do) everything to make people respect the rules of the road. Government has a 30% role to play and the other 70% is up to us. No government anywhere can be everywhere all the time to make sure that every Tom, Dirk and Tshabalala follows the rules of the road. If people choose to break the rules of the road and drive so fast as to split a well build car like a Beemer in two then….(I’ll let you guess what I was gonna say!)

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-11 18:09

      Speed limit on Ontdekkers is 80kmh. To break a BMW in two means very high speed...

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-11-11 18:16

      mlungisi, agreed 100%

      imran.phiri.9 - 2012-11-11 20:52

      Maybe they were very tired

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-12 14:02

      The transport system in Jhb, Randburg, Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Sandton, is disproportionate & this was inherent to the political system (Apartheid). We were split, North/Whites, South/Non Whites, & coloreds along with the industrial areas were thrown smack in the middle. Apartheid was no accident, it was a sadistic plan set out to benefit only few of us. There is no railway line running East to West, North of the Industria line, ironically, this line was deliberately put there for military reasons as well. In the event of civil war, the army would just pull one massively long army train across the track to defend the whites in the North. & this over used infrastructure is what we inherited from Apartheid.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 14:07

      Code 2?

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-11-11 07:16

    High speed and fatigue.

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-11-11 07:43

      & probably alcohol

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-11-11 07:23

    Another Saturday night. Sad :-( Where are the Metro cops on a weekend? I never see them but they should be out en force to curb speeding and drinking drivers.

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-11 08:36

      If people behave like responsible drivers then cops are not required. you cannot blame cops for not being present, Ontdekkers are 24km long, are they suppose to line 24 km with cops, how many will be required ?

      ivan.lockett.5 - 2012-11-11 10:07

      Metro admitted on news24 last week that they do not work between 10pm and 6am. Somethung to do with overtime. So they probably dont work weekends either

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-11 11:10

      @Ivan.... So ? .... there are some strange looking things standing on the corners more or less 500 meters apart and specailly at street crossings. Its called Robots (Traffic Light) or maybe its robotic traffic controll devices (or maybe robot metro cops) Time people tret such devices as required and life savings devices and abide by traffic rules and speed limits, If people drive at 70 kmph, all these lights are in synch for them to get it green all the way, so why try to double the speed to 140 kmph to also get it synched, Luckily I do not need a cop to drive behind or infront or next to me end treat me like a nanny would treat kids and say all the time over the loud speaker, "Good Boy Good Boy Good driving", the mere fact that I can type here and now, is proof that I do not ignore the law wheteher it is raod ordinances or national road law. So ? should the cops work while everybody enjoy life and sleep during the night, i do not think so. People should start take responsibility and accountability for theis own actions. (I use to see a lot of people here calling for the death penalty when they overstep the law ?????)

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-12 11:36

      Metro will not drive your car when you are drunk or overspeeding, and they cant arrest all drivers either coz they are not on every corner of our roads hence its the sole responsibility of the driver to be careful. Its so sad another life was lost. R.I.P

  • khselolo - 2012-11-11 07:26

    Who died? the ejected one? or the one stucked on the wreckage?

      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-11-11 07:45

      Does it matter?

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-11-11 07:50

      How are you "stucked on the wreckage" ???

      kamogelo.setshedi.3 - 2012-11-11 07:57

      This does come across as incensetive bt, I think this person maybe asking about the buckeling up aspect.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-11-11 07:37

    another inexperienced bmw driver.bites the dust

      gilroy.potgieter - 2012-11-11 08:01

      A Mercedes-Benz would not have broken up on impact! BMW=Blik Met Wiele!

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-11 08:26

      I drive a Mercedes Benz, and I do not rely that assumption. We do not know what happened.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-11 08:27

      Both drivers would have come out unscathed in an Audi

      ron.lawrance - 2012-11-11 08:38

      @Themba. Who said they where both driving the driving the BMW????

      chantelle.adlem - 2012-11-11 08:48

      @ron. Because the first line says THEIR BMW meaning 1 car and 2 people in it.

      heidi.dadswell - 2012-11-11 20:46

      All of you just wanna judge.but did any one of you saw the accident don't think maybe the family is reading your stupid comments this is my friend son that died in this accident not one of you has the facts about the accident.people like you just make sick.but you will be silent when you lose a friend or a loved one like this I hope all of you pray tonight before you go to bed and thank the Lord you still have your child cause my friend doesn't so think before you judge

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-11-12 07:54

      "Both drivers would have come out unscathed in an Audi" @chantelle.adlem - but that don't make them both drivers does it? One driver and one passenger.

  • Happyness - 2012-11-11 07:41

    The speed limit on Ontdekkers is 80kms, at some places 60kms- how fast was this car driving? Sounds like a case of showy youths in a car that is powerful beyond their self control. What irritates me is that they will report the accident but we'll never know the outcome of the investigations. RIP to them, condolences to the family.

  • warren.nel.942 - 2012-11-11 07:48

    Drive like lightening......crash like thunder. Always a sad result.

  • henk63 - 2012-11-11 07:49

    Booze and petrol don't mix, my dad always said. Add an idiot driver to the mix and it's a sure recipe for disaster.

      arvin.hooseria - 2012-11-11 09:15

      clever dad

  • gilroy.potgieter - 2012-11-11 07:59

    Drive like lightning, crash like thunder!

      arvin.hooseria - 2012-11-11 09:17

      was said before

  • heleen.niemand.7 - 2012-11-11 08:23

    Alchol and speeding isn't a good combination when driving!! A hard lesson to be learned when you don't want to listen!!

      arvin.hooseria - 2012-11-11 09:20

      alcohol is good for medicine and speed good for kung fu

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-11 08:30

    Typical BMW driver...

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-11 08:43

      LOL I take it Will drives a BMW ^^^

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-11-11 18:21

      That is a rather bad generalisation! I am a bmw driver, and I really dont need to be classed according to the actions of other irresponsible drivers. I am a law abiding citizen and detest people who are reckless!!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-11 08:32

    At 70 kmph (speed limit on most of Ontdekkers) ?

  • chantelle.adlem - 2012-11-11 08:54

    Why is everyone so worried about the car they drove? And I don't remember reading anything about drinking so why asume they drank. You are insensitive to these people and their family and friends having to read your judgements

      makarapakaplan - 2012-11-11 09:11

      So what ur saying is they didn't drink and were not speeding and the car just rolled a couple times hit a lamp post and split in half"?

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-11 10:42

      Chantelle didn't say that, Mampara.

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-11-11 10:49

      But Chantelle u would agree that from the accident report any car that splits in must either be traveling at an excessively high speed,on an 80km/h zone,driven by an idiot who either couldn't control the car or high speed for that matter,most of can be safely assumed to have been due to alcohol,mind u it was a Saturday night! Sad for the family,definitely not sad for the idiot driver!

      wally.williams.148 - 2012-11-11 12:40

      My thoughts exactly, Chantelle. We are too quick to jump to conclusions. Fair enough, no doubt that the vehicle traveled at a high speed. I can say that due to experience in this type of environment. No car simply split in two, least of all a pukka German engineered vehicle. However, I need to state, that speed in itself is NOT the issue...speed is relative to circumstances which is all-encompassing. I concur with Jan Grimbeek (see above) wrt our own responsibility towards abiding by the law. To some of the commentators, let me just say that we have had an explosion of vehicles on our roads, but also, there is an attitude that since 1994 we can do as we want and no-one will tell us any different as we now have rights! Freedom does not imply anarchy and disorder; it does not imply do as you want regardless; it does come with the duty to obey the law as well as the rights of others, including to expect others to also be respectful to the rules and laws of our country. To others, perhaps we must look at society in general before remarking that someone is an idiot. Show some courtesy and compassion towards the families, plz.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-11 09:02

    Mythbustes couldn't split a car in two no matter how hard they tried... Makes you think.

      wally.williams.148 - 2012-11-12 08:14

      @ jayson: I have dealt with a matter where a vehicle litterally split in two right in the middle behind the front seats. There were 4 ppl in the car, which was in a good condition prior to the accident. They were travelling at one hell of a speed, lost control, hit the pavement and a lamppole among others and the car split up from the sheer violence of the crash. Horrific to see what can happen. It is not the everyday occurrence. I know what "Mythbusters" did and in essence they're not wrong, but they cannot re-create ALL the different scenarios. As I say, I saw it, and I cannot for a moment believe it will be reported as such if it was not what happened. I surely would not want to be anywhere in a car that splits in 2!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-12 15:15

      I agree with you Wally. That's my point,,,at what speed were these guys going?

  • michael.hogg.9083 - 2012-11-11 09:07

    Whatever the reasons for the crash there is at least one, probably two, devestated families dealing with the loss and serious injury to their loved ones this morning. Let's spare them a thought when posting our comments.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-11 09:24

    Amoeba motor...

  • mbongeni.allan.magubane - 2012-11-11 09:26

    May they rest peacefully, heartfelt condolences to their loved ones.

  • xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-11-11 10:32

    Hard lesson learned, condolences to the family.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-11 10:36

    the dead on was probably wearing his seatbelt. My brother-in-law escaped death after forgetting to fasten his seatbelt - he was thrown from the car and survived after 4 months of icu, the driver - not so lucky - he was found with his seatbelt on, dead and a car on top of him.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-11 11:44

      Fluke because the stats show otherwise furthermore if you are injured when not wearing a belt, your damages are reduced by the Road Accident Fund when you claim damages for bodily injuries.

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-11 12:02

      Seat belts do save lives but they're hit or miss. If I ever happened to be in an accident then I'd prefer to not have the seat belt on and die than wear one and be a cabbage for life. The question is that after a gruesome, bloody accident would you still find value in being handicapped?

      njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-11-11 12:21

      I ws in an accident a couploe of months ago, and came out without a scratch. Thanks to wearing a seatbelt. I also thot wearing a seatbelt n not was one in da same thing. But afta dat day, I even wear t if m in da bkseat of someones car

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-11 21:41

      The proven differences in survival rates between wearing and not wearing a seatbelt are so huge that only very stupid people choose not to do so.

      samacoba - 2012-11-12 22:10

      i was in an accident a couple of weeks back,walked without a scratch,could have been a different story had i not been wearing one.The thing you missing is that a seatbelt can only do so much when speed is invloved let alone stupidity so take care out there...

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-11-13 00:53

      So many for and against wearing seat belts. I wear mine now only because (a) it's the law and (b) I have a new-ish car with seat belts that retract automatically. Prior to the aforegoing I had an old Super Boss and the seat belts were non-existent. But my son had a bad accident when lost control in a typical Cape drizzle, spun the car and hit a lamp pole. Thankfully he wasn't wearing a seat belt because the force of the crash threw him on to the back seat and the lamp pole replaced him in the driving seat. He'd have been killed had he still been sitting in the driving seat. He survived with a cut lip. He was extremely lucky! And I'm forever grateful...

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-11 11:35

    Recap- someone last night said the horrific accidents like this are coused by christmas. Did the xmas come early ? Sorry to family

  • Robsschele - 2012-11-11 11:48

    Last weekend a family of three died when they raced with their BMW into the back of a truck in the middle of the night.The car was completely demolished. I drive quite a lot and I see total disregard for traffic laws and other road users. Some people have no respect for other road users. The only way to bring this road carnage down is to change the attitude of the drivers.

      rip.riphagen - 2012-11-11 12:09

      Change the attitude of drivers! For sure, but how?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-11 21:42

      Education, education, education

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-12 08:00

      Kick their butts. Looking at the age of the two daddy bought the car and it was too fast and powerful for the kids to handle.

      Msika - 2012-11-12 11:29

      Or bring back the death penalty.

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-11-12 11:52

      A lot of people have said locking up speedsters is a bit too much. But think about it, people either ignore a fine or pay it and shrug it off, just to carry on as if nothing happened. This is the very likely result of speeding and if other motorists were injured or killed, even worse. I say, if they're caught speeding, and especially while drunk, lock 'em up! Let them see the inside of a jail. Then they can be on probation for a year. If they get so much as a parking fine, confiscate their licenses for good. Will probably never happen, but that's how most of us feel about this.

  • koos.hendriks.1 - 2012-11-11 12:32

    what speeds where these younsters driving to have a car split in two!!??

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-12 17:09

      may be the was a cut and joint from the scrapyard guys'.

      joseph.els.5 - 2012-11-13 20:37


  • juna.vanwyk - 2012-11-11 16:22

    I am a proud BMW owner and have been driving this brand of car for longer than most. I know my own limitations and also the power of my car! I detest these jealous idiots always blaming IDIOT BMW drivers! Hide behind a pseudonymn! Shows ur true idiocy! It was not the CAR that killed, rather 'unfortunate circumstances'! Had it been a Golf or Uno - the CHEAP CAR would be to blame! Wake up and smell the coffee!!

      Happyness - 2012-11-11 18:12

      And true to most BMW drivers, you sound very obnoxious and arrogent at the fact that you drive a BMW. Why do you assume every one is jealous? How do you know people commenting here don't drive Merc's or Jag's? Please get over yourself- you are probably one of those people that drive at 100kms through a redidential area because you are \lucky\ enough to afford a BMW. But you obviously never heard about that drag racing incident in PTA where the \cheap\ Uno did split in half (after killing an innocent bystander and smashing into a street light). So again, please get over yourself. Someone is dead- it's no time for backdoor bragging.

      juna.vanwyk - 2012-11-11 18:21

      Because if they where driving anything other than an Uno, they would be able to SPELL!!

      Happyness - 2012-11-11 19:12

      Lame- I am replying from a phone, and instead of just getting the jist of what I am saying you focus on something as trivial as a spelling error. So lame, I didn't even comment on your use of \ur\ in your original post, but hey since you are so petty I may as well point out your faults.

      Thabiso Davis Davis - 2012-11-11 19:34

      Car split in to two is not unfortunate, is called stupidity killing innocent people on a public rd, and BMW is just a car not Expensive. who doesn't afford it anyway?

      heidi.dadswell - 2012-11-11 20:48

      You are you to judge you don't now wat the cause was of the accident was you must wake up and smell the coffee I know the man that lost his son in this accident. You stupid idiot

      karolina.dean.5 - 2012-11-12 07:19

      Now now girls - don't fight. I think Juna is referring to the common spelling error of the word happiness, Happyness. But that's neither here nor there. There is a pic on the ER24 twitter page of this accident and that car is so mangled - it could only have been extreme high speeds involved. Silly people!

      ceba.mlandu - 2012-11-12 08:55

      BMW and Golf owners are the worst drivers on the roads. As for being jealous, bitch please. For all we know you own a dilapidated 80's matchbox.

      Wally - 2012-11-13 12:33

      Plz ppl, can we not comment without being derogatory? There are many BMW drivers who do act without regard, BUT not all. We have ppl in cars that they simply cannot handle. All boils down to responsibility, which unfortunately is lacking in many ppl's make-up today. @ Heidi: I know it is difficult for the parents, but it is inevitable that ppl will discuss such a nasty incident. However, I said it before, plz ppl refrain from making deregatory remarks about the deceased, injured, driver or other commentators. @ ceba.mlandu: is it necessary to refer to a woman as "bitch"? Do you speak like that to your wife/girlfriend, sister and mother? Now, let us take a leaf out of this book and all do some introspection about how we drive, observe road rules, respect the law and respect others. If we can do that as a country we will grow in stature. Be resonsible in educating yourself and your children; set the example; don't allow kids to drive vehicles they are not equipped to do -and sometimes kids can be much older than 20! Juna, as with other BMW drivers, may enjoy their drive, as I do in another vehicle that I adore. Ceba, just remember that some of your family may also drive in delapidated old cars. Not everybody can be as fortunate and blessed to drive around in a glamorous car...being a show-off is where the trouble starts in the first place. Go think about it.

  • simon.carter.5836711 - 2012-11-11 18:29

    Speed limit on Ontdekkers is 80km/h Your car does not overturn several times and end up cut in half if you are doing 80. Ontdekkers seems to be used as a drag strip on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-11-11 18:55

    I drive a BMW and I never drive the car on Sport Mode. Its too powerfull,or is it maybe am older and married,hence I dont drive like a drug addict?Maybe.

      Msika - 2012-11-12 11:33

      You are a coward, maybe?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-12 05:10

    This is what happens when you dont obey the law! Did the driver die or is he the survivor because if he survived then its him going to Jail for murder. Think before you climb into a car people!!! EGO is your killer and no its not attractive

      thilo.premraj - 2012-11-12 12:29

      The driver died.

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-12 06:02

    The day people stop using the roads as a playpen and use it for what it is, namely, a transport network, to get you from one point to another, is the day a large part of our problems on the roads will disappear.

  • T_T - 2012-11-12 09:52

    They had an accident because of the ANC Gov ( ha ha ha )

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-12 11:02

      Politics are addictive TT. Guys who are obsessed with politics turns to associate everything with politics. They will talk politics even on a romantic date. the report does not state the circumstances leading to the crash as a matter of fact! Period!

      T_T - 2012-11-13 11:07

      uZuma lol

  • Msika - 2012-11-12 11:34

    Bring back the death penalty!

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-11-12 12:05

      Lmao. U r sick dude

      patrick.makgeledise - 2012-11-12 18:28

      Why dude? What does death penalty have to do with accident? How is it going to help the motorists?

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-11-12 12:45

    Can we all be cautious when driving and avoid drinking and driving and follow the road rules. A car is not something that u can play with and it can kill u.

  • Zengfuey - 2012-11-12 13:34

    Raise the legal limit for obtaining a driver's license to age 25 years. Between the ages of 18 and 24, persons with learner's permits should only be allowed to drive cars with 1.5 or less engine capacity. In fact - one should only be able to drive a car with an engine capacity of 2.0 or more if you have completed an advanced driving course, and only if you do a certain number of long distance driving.

  • mark.houston.982 - 2012-11-12 14:47

    You people are wack!!! Accidents happen from time to time, that's life. There is nothing more to it

  • machuene.jaqueline - 2012-11-12 17:39

    donf fool urself mense speed kills

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-15 23:15

      I used to believe that but I noticed that I sped slightly on the way home tonight and I didn't die! So I call BS.

  • abigalesamantha - 2012-11-12 19:49

    :( this is my friends sisters boyfriend that passed away I am so truely very sorry for what has happened it must be terrible going through what your going through now my condolences to you and your family he is in GODS hands now RIP <3

      michelle.leroux1 - 2012-11-13 12:34

      It was my cuzzy and I miss him so much still can't believe it

      Happyness - 2012-11-13 14:10

      Can any of you ladies shed any light on what really happend?

  • riotousr - 2012-11-13 09:23

    Safetly belts are meant to keep people in their cars. I think the survivor had his strapped on. Well done. Pass me that beer, my dear, I am driving too fast to get it for myself.

  • vincent.mafooa - 2012-11-13 09:45

    That BM must have been driving at a very high speed, no doubt about that, for it to split into two, gosh. people never learn the reality that speed does kill and you put the lives of those who obey the rules of the road at risk.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-13 11:34

    This BMW was made in China, my china.

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