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Family thanks motorists who prevented culprit from fleeing accident scene

17 August, 08:30 AM

Sharlene Rood, News24

Johannesburg - The three men who were in the bakkie that flipped on the N1 highway in Centurion are “doing okay under the circumstances,” a family member told News24.

The video, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows another motorist crashing into the bakkie before attempting to flee the scene of the crash.

In the video several motorists chase after the driver, blocking the vehicle, preventing him from escaping.

Adriaan Schoeman of First Road Emergency Services told News24 the accident happened on Tuesday at about noon, approximately 2kms after the Old Johannesburg Road offramp.

“The occupants had just climbed out of the vehicle when I stopped on the scene,” he said.

The driver of the bakkie (33), his father (63) and another family member were travelling from Johannesburg to Soshanguve when the accident happened.

“We are renovating my parents' house, they went to buy gutters in Johannesburg,” the driver’s sister, who asked not to be named, told News24.

“My dad is a pensioner and he doesn’t have a medical aid.”

“He was complaining about pain in his ribs, and had minor scratches on his hands."

She says her father was sent home from hospital with Panado around 20:30 on Tuesday evening.

Her brother, the driver of the vehicle who was slammed against the steering wheel in the accident, is complaining of chest pains.

The woman said she is considering taking them to a private physician.

 “I just want to thank those guys who stopped the guy who was trying to flee. May the good Lord bless them.”

The man who tried to flee was also still at the scene after the accident.

“He kept denying that he did anything wrong, even though he was shown a recording,” said Schoeman.

Braam Kruger, Emer-G-Med’s general magager in Tshwane, said the occupants in the bakkie suffered only moderate injuries and they were transported to nearby hospitals.

“Trying to run away, that’s the worst,” the sister said. “At least stop to see if people are okay.”

Tshwane Metro Police Department's Isaac Mahamba could not confirm if action would be taken against the motorist who attempted to flee the scene.

Wheels24 reported on the incident here.

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