Kroonstad crash claims 3 lives

2011-12-03 11:28

Bloemfontein - Three men were killed and a woman was injured in a head-on collision near Kroonstad in the Free State on Saturday morning, paramedics said.

A VW Polo and a double cab Toyota Hilux crashed into each other at 07:00 after one of the vehicles veered into oncoming traffic, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

Two men in the Polo were declared dead when paramedics arrived.

Another man was trapped in the wreckage, and died while paramedics tried to resuscitate him, Jackson said.

A woman from the Hilux with injuries to her legs and pelvis was transported to hospital.

  • Missionman - 2011-12-03 12:18

    Tragic - please people concentrate whilst driving and make sure vehicles are road worthy. Drive with headlights on.

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-12-03 12:40

    road safety awareness tips: Always be aware of and pay attention to other road users: While driving keep a sharp eye on other road users and leave enough space to accommodate mistakes they may make. Don’t drive on “autopilot”. Treat gaps in traffic with caution: A gap in traffic could be a driver pausing to allow another vehicle to cross in front of them; always check. Avoid surprising other road users: Always behave in a predictable manner, make use of your indicators and avoid rash or hasty acts. Always check your blind spots: Be aware of your and other vehicles blind spots. Be aware of the rules of using the highway: Generally the left lane of a highway is for traffic accessing or exiting the highway; the middle lanes are for through traffic and the right lanes are for passing cars. Don’t become a single vehicle accident statistic: Statistically single vehicle collisions kill more people than any other type of accident. A vehicle drifts to the left of the road and onto the gravel or rumble strips on the shoulder of the road, the driver gets a fright and jerks the steering wheel to correct the vehicle, control over the vehicle is lost resulting in an accident.

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-12-03 12:40

    In summary always apply the following common sense precaution: Avoid distractions - be strict about the behavior of occupants of the vehicle. Avoid going into a drowsy, hypnotic state – usually brought about by driving when tired, especially on long, straight flat road. Always maintain control and ensure you have adequate traction – adjust your speed to varying road surface conditions that negatively affect the traction of your tyres. Adjust your speed to accommodate weather conditions that negatively affect visibility, such as rain and fog. Before embarking on your journey have your vehicle checked to ensure it’s in a roadworthy condition. Get enough rest to ensure you are up to the task of driving a long distance. Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue while driving; get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Never ever drink and drive and avoid taking medication that may leave you feeling drowsy and negatively impact your focus and awareness. In conclusion stay safe and arrive alive.

      Winsome - 2011-12-03 14:34

      @munyaradzi - I could do all the above things and still have an overloaded taxi shoot a red traffic light and crash in to me - you have to drive defensively in SA - besides dodging potholes!

  • Winsome - 2011-12-03 14:31

    You know, we don't need the holidays to have carnage on our roads - there is carnage all year round! During the holidays there is just more of the same. I so wish something would be done about it though.

  • Thato A Kgosi - 2011-12-03 20:13

    yea drove past it, was horrifying. ppl take care of urselfs drive safely

  • nixstix - 2011-12-05 11:07

    also drove past it, but the details published by the Volksblad are entirely different. In it, they claim that 2 women in the bakkie died, and 2 men in the polo were injured. Not too sure who is correct, because after seeing the 2 guys lying on the road and then reading this article, I was convinced that what I saw was 2 dead bodies. So I'm relieved to that the 2 I saw were, in fact, not dead.

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