Toddler killed in 3-car pile-up

Cape Town - A two-year-old girl was killed in a three-car pile-up in Blue Downs on Sunday night.

Metro EMS spokesman Robert Daniels said the girl was travelling in a car which had collided with a taxi on the corner of Hindle and Wesbank roads at about 7pm.

File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“She died on the scene.”

City traffic services spokesman Richard Coleman said another person had also been killed in the crash but had not been identified at the time of publication.

Ten people were seriously injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.

Near Laingsburg in the early hours of on Sunday, a man died in a smash involving a truck transporting racehorses.

Justin Snaith, a racehorse trainer with Snaith Racing, in Philippi, said: “It was a private transport company, carrying horses returning from racing in Durban.

“The driver is highly experienced - one of the best horse-transport drivers in the business. It appears he may have swerved to avoid something and lost control of the truck.”

A man in the truck had died, as had three horses. Three horses survived the crash.

“The worst thing is that they were really nice-natured horses - three of the nicest-natured horses I had.

“In over 40 years that our family has been training horses, we have never had deaths like this.

“It’s very upsetting for the horse owners and all concerned,” Snaith said.