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Elderly woman dies while crossing highway

2012-11-13 07:28

Johannesburg - An elderly woman was killed after being hit by a vehicle near the Odendaalsrus off ramp in the Free State on Monday night, paramedics said on Tuesday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the woman was trying to cross the N1 highway when she landed in front of an oncoming vehicle.

"She died on impact due to the extensive injuries she sustained," he said.

Comments
  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-11-13 07:37

    If we refer to a road atlas it will be seen that the N1 is not near Odendaalsrus. the closest roads are the R30 and R34

      arm.witmens - 2012-11-13 09:13

      The N1 splits before Bloemfontein to the right. Odendalsrus and Welkom. READ : "near the Odendaalsrus off ramp "

      zionpercival.pay - 2012-11-13 11:33

      The closest point from the N1 to Odendaalsrus is 54 km and that point is Ventersburg. while the other two roads are the R30 and R 34. the road peeling off the N1 to the right is the R30 which goes to Bothaville and Orkney

      zionpercival.pay - 2012-11-13 11:35

      The term "near" in this context does not mean much it can mean 2km or 200 km

  • shaun.dragt - 2012-11-13 07:44

    Very sad but it has to be said, crossing the highway is actually illegal. It not only puts the pedestrians life in danger but the motorists as well. That driver will now have to deal killing someone! There was a case in Durban not so long ago where a pefestrian was killed while crossing the freeway underneath the pedestrian bridge! The police need to start issuing fines for these things. I bet you'll see a big decline of road related deaths.

  • shaun.dragt - 2012-11-13 07:45

    Very sad but it has to be said, crossing the highway is actually illegal. It not only puts the pedestrians life in danger but the motorists as well. That driver will now have to deal killing someone! There was a case in Durban not so long ago where a pefestrian was killed while crossing the freeway underneath the pedestrian bridge! The police need to start issuing fines for these things. I bet you'll see a big decline of road related deaths.

  • TrueTenacity - 2012-11-13 07:48

    I'm sorry, but if you're walking/running/jogging on a section of road that you are not supposed to be on, and you get tagged by a car, that's on you...

  • kmnyatse - 2012-11-13 07:49

    N1, odendalsrus? puzzled

      arm.witmens - 2012-11-13 09:34

      The N1 splits before Bloemfontein to the right. Odendalsrus and Welkom. READ : "near the Odendaalsrus off ramp "

      lisa.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-13 09:58

      The N1 does not split near Bloem, it's near Kroonstad....200km difference...

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 07:56

    Hau Goggo the cars will bang you over. Dont cross the highway like you told your grandchildren not to cross the highway.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 08:06

    Hau Goggo dont cross the highway the cars will bang you over.

      Edmore Chitokomere - 2012-11-13 08:25

      lame!

  • paul.joubert.180 - 2012-11-13 08:11

    And what are pedestrians doing on the highway? Where are the cops - sitting behind bushes!!!

  • rainbownationrsa - 2012-11-13 08:13

    My condolences to her family, lets just pray and hope that she is not a breadwinner and taking care of orphaned grandchildren like most gogos are doing.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-13 08:24

    I nearly hit a idiot crossing the hi-way one night, and nearly rolled my car in the process.. sorry, no water works for this one.

  • flynn.govender - 2012-11-13 09:15

    Crossing or walking on the national freeway is illegal. Sorry to hear about this tragic incident. There are so many bridges built over the freeways and yet I see so many people still run across the freeway. They don't value their lives

  • jeremy thorpe - 2012-11-13 09:31

    Pedestrian deaths make up approximately a third of all road deaths in this country! And yet it's the motorist who gets hit by demands for lower speed limits, stiffer legislation etc. There needs to be a nationwide campaign to educate pedestrians about HOW to cross roads if they have to. Look left, look right, look left again - and then RUN like hell if you're crossing a highway. Don't dawdle with your head down....

  • Kodi Basi - 2012-11-13 09:32

    magogo why crossing the highway.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-11-13 09:40

    A sad story but a Badly written article - The women " Landed in front of an oncomming vehicle" - was she flying or hovering on a broom stick?

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