Man burns to death as medics try to help

2012-01-28 18:20

Mbombela - A man burned to death when the bakkie he was driving rolled and burst into flames on the N4 near the Witbank offramp, Mpumalanga, on Saturday, paramedics said.

While the cause of the accident was not known, it appeared the bakkie rolled several times before catching alight at 11:00, Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Paramedics were unable to put out the blaze and rescue the man, who was trapped inside the wreckage.

When the fire services doused the flames, medics examined the man and declared him dead on the scene.

  • Marius - 2012-01-28 18:34

    What a horrible way to die.

  • Karmah - 2012-01-28 18:38

    R.I.P... What a n absolute horrific way to die =( Condolences to the family and friends.

  • jamie.stockley - 2012-01-28 19:23

    Jacques Joubert, you're an idiot

  • Maya - 2012-01-28 19:45

    Just a question - if the bakkie rolled and burst into flames ... then there was no way that the paramedics will be in time to "rescue" the man. How long does someone need to burn to die ...? I think the man was already dead when the paramedics arrived the scene. No way that the paramedics can arrive within minutes

      David - 2012-01-28 19:53

      Vehicles don't burst into flames like they do in the movies. It often takes a while for petrol to leak out and for an ignition source

      Hanno - 2012-01-29 09:12

      I was there. The bakkie burst into flames immediately - just like in the movies. The paramedics were on the scene within minutes, but they could not get close to the burning vehicle. Condolences to the family.

  • timelord - 2012-01-28 19:51


      David - 2012-01-28 22:41

      why would you dislike an RIP? a person lost their life in an accident!

      Garth - 2012-01-29 09:01

      The probable reason for that, is that the cretin disliking the comment does not understand what R.I.P. represents, but thinks that it is being clever by disliking the comment. K-D.

  • Jb - 2012-01-28 20:16

    Won't wish it on my worst enemy. If only people can learn from they see and drive more carefully themselves in future but that seldom seems to happen.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 23:32

    Rough way to go. I feel for those paramedics as well. I can't think of anything worse than watching someone burn to death and not be able to do a thing about it.

  • Grant - 2012-01-29 08:27

    I recall a similar case about 20 years ago when a screaming man was stuck in a burning car. Other motorists stopped and whe they realised they couldn't rescue the man, one of them put a bullet through his head. he was aquitted of murder. My take at the time was that the police were just 'going through the motions. If ever I get stuck in a burning car I hope someone has the guts to shoot me.

      Lara - 2012-01-29 09:41

      Grant, I agree 100%. I wonder what happened to the samaritan who pulled the trigger, if he had guilt feelings afterwards. It surely must have been very traumatising.

      Hallo - 2012-01-29 11:22

      Heavy story

  • Andre - 2012-01-29 10:44

    What about the identification of the poor deceased?

  • TenRas1 - 2012-01-30 07:43

    i saw this was horrible

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