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Rescue teams rescued an injured person and a one dead from a bakkie that crashed down the Winterton bridge.  PHOTO: Claudine Senekal
Rescue teams rescued an injured person and a one dead from a bakkie that crashed down the Winterton bridge. PHOTO: Claudine Senekal

One person was safely rescued and a body of fellow traveller recovered after their bakkie crashed down the Winterton bridge on Saturday evening 23 April.

The bridge that leads into Winterton was filled with bystanders and motorists as they watched a team from S.T.A.R.T and Okhahlamba Search and Rescue work. It was reported that the bakkie had been travelling towards Winterton, when it crashed alongside the bridge and rolled into the local river below it.

The vehicle overturned, entrapping one person, while the other managed to escape. Motorists that saw the crash called for emergency service to assist.

“We had used ropes and our emergency services to lower teams down towards the vehicle, as the river current was too strong to enter from the banks,” said Freddie Hallgreen, chief of Okhahlamba Search and Rescue. With the assistance of a team from S.T.A.R.T, two rescue personnels were lowered down.

The injured person was brought up by the rescue officials and taken to the hospital for medical treatment. It is believed that the second passenger, who was entrapped in the vehicle died, on the scene.

“It is not clear if he had drowned or if he had died of his injuries, due to the crash and a postmodern will be conducted to determine his death,” said officials on the scene.

With the assistance of a local breakdown service, a third cable was used to stabilise the vehicle and allow rescue officials to free the entrapped body.

The body of the deceased, whose identity is unknown at this stage was recovered. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Winterton Police and the cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.

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