Man killed in Welkom car crash

2011-04-30 22:47

Johannesburg - A man was killed when his vehicle crashed into a bus along the R30 near Welkom in the Free State on Saturday, paramedics said.

The man, in his, 40s was trying to overtake when he drove his Toyota Tazz under the side of the passenger bus, ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said.

The man's vehicle seemed to have suddenly experienced a mechanical failure as it tried to overtake the bus causing its driver to lose control, she said.

The bus was empty at the time of the crash. Its driver was not harmed.

In another crash along the same route a few moments later, a VW Golf crashed into the back tyres of a mining truck at high speed, Jackson said.

The driver of the vehicle, also in his 40s, was seriously injured together with a woman passenger, believed to be in her late 60s.

The woman was found still inside the vehicle with severe and multiple broken bones as well as multiple cuts and bruises to her face and body, Jackson said.

She was taken to Bongani Hospital.

The two were travelling with two other men who were sitting in the back of the Golf at the time of the crash.

The men suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

  • Zion - 2011-05-01 07:31

    I use this road on a daily basis. Using the word "dangerous" or "Unsafe" is an understatement. The road has several curves and some potholes. Due to the recent heavy rains the vegetation at the roadside is too high to see a reasonable distance ahead. The road is seldom patrolled by the traffic department and has turned into a race track. At one point water is seeping out of the tar and has been doing that for almost 2 years.

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-01 08:22

      I remember that road from living in Kroonstad two dacades ago. Even back then it was notorious.

      Krolie - 2011-05-01 09:22

      Well ANC, why haven't you fixed it by now? You had 17 years to do it and you expect us to vote for you? You are responsible for the death of any person killed on this road for the last 17 years, and for those injured. How about some compensation for these people?

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