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Carl Pistorius injured in car crash

Gauteng

Johannesburg - Carl Pistorius - the brother of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius - was “out of danger” on Saturday morning after a serious accident, his family said.

“Carl's vehicle was hit head-on by another car that had swerved from the opposite side of the (N1) highway into... oncoming traffic,” his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement.

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Carl Pistorius, brother of paralympian and murder accused Oscar Pistorius, is seen during a break in proceedings at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 where he is facing a culpable homicide charge after an accident in 2008 that led to the death of a 36-year-old woman. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

“Carl was badly hurt but we are thankful that he is out of danger. He was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.”

Carl Pistorius was returning from a business trip in Polokwane on Friday evening. A colleague was following him in a different car and witnessed the accident, his uncle said.

In May last year, Carl Pistorius was acquitted on a culpable homicide charge.

The Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court also acquitted him on alternative charges of reckless or negligent driving, and driving without reasonable consideration for another person using the road.

He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His bakkie collided with Maria Barnard's motorbike on March 8, 2008. She died in hospital a few days later.

Oscar Pistorius still faces a murder charge after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead in his Pretoria home on February 14 last year.

He claims he shot her by accident through the locked door of his toilet, thinking she was an intruder. The State contends he killed her during an argument.

His trial would resume on August 7.

Sapa

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