Mom sees crash that kills son

2011-04-18 18:32

Johannesburg - A woman witnessed an accident that killed her son and three other men on the M2 east near Germiston on Monday, Johannesburg paramedics said.

She was following her son, who was travelling in a Volkswagen bakkie, when it veered into the middle lane and hit a container truck, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

All four men in the bakkie, aged between 18 to 24, were killed. The truck driver was uninjured.

Paramedics, who were on their way to another call, were flagged down by bystanders.

The bakkie was towing an Opel Astra at the time.

"It is believed that the mother and brother of one of the boys in the bakkie were following them to a garage to book the vehicle in for repairs," Jackson said.

Traffic on the highway was backed up as a result of the accident.

Motorists were advised to instead use Marshall Street, in Germiston, or the M1 north.

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-04-18 18:43


  • Brieuse - 2011-04-18 19:14

    I'm very sorry for her. It is traumatic alone to lose somebody, but to witness something like this is beyond words. I appeal to people to abide by the rules of the road. Tow Ropes are not allowed on the highways for a reason!

      Kim - 2011-04-19 07:45

      Condolences to the families. I agree with you to a point Brieuse. Tow ropes are allowed on a highway though. They are not allowed on a freeway. The M2 is a freeway and not a highway.

      brannawyn meester - 2011-04-19 10:32

      This is so sad, my prayers to the family. Please every one do not use towropes, ropes is there to pull your car out of the mud when its stuck. This I learned on the hard way (lost 1 car and 1 brand new 4x4) but no one was hurt, lucky very lucky!!! When I say lost, keep in mind that insurance does not pay out for this! My advise use a tow bar but even better a tow truck it will cost you money but go ask the families of these people that was killed how much they will pay to have them back.....

      Alfitsi - 2011-04-19 15:22

      Do you know they used a tow rope?

      Jason - 2011-04-30 12:34

      so true

  • Doug - 2011-04-18 21:39

    Condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

  • Lauren - 2011-04-18 21:52

    Terrible. A mother should not outlive her children. Condolences.

  • Happy-go-lucky - 2011-04-19 07:53

    sho...thats horrible

  • TrailerTrash - 2011-04-19 10:44

    To loose a child is tragic, to watch one die is beyond words.My consolences to all the families of these young lives. MaY god lend you his strength and envelop you with comfort and peace.

  • kathleen - 2011-04-19 12:38

    May the Lord give the family peace and comfort that surpasses understanding!. Simply because the Lord loves them.

      Alan - 2011-04-30 12:03

      The Lord cudve prevented this from happening.

  • Stefan007 - 2011-04-19 13:53

    I drove past this accident yesterday. It was really terrible. Condolences to the family.

  • Xena - 2011-04-19 14:40

    ondolences, Love, Light & Strength to the mother and other loved ones of those who died. Namaste

  • saabnut - 2011-04-19 15:49

    I hope they all find peace after such a tragedy- my condolences.

  • tiger - 2011-04-20 08:27

    My heart goes out to this mother. I lost my child in an accident 7 years ago and I cannot get over it. It breaks my heart when I read things like this and I cry with this mother.

  • - 2011-04-20 11:23

    Why is the backed up traffic so important to mention here?

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