Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa said the accident occurred when one of the vehicles was allegedly in the process of overtaking another car just outside Leeu Gamka in the Karoo. Picture: Supplied / Western Cape Traffic
Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa said the accident occurred when one of the vehicles was allegedly in the process of overtaking another car just outside Leeu Gamka in the Karoo. Picture: Supplied / Western Cape Traffic

Motorist burns to death, two lucky to survive after risky overtaking on N1

By Staff Writer Time of article published Feb 9, 2020

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Cape Town – One person has died and two others were seriously injured in a head-on collision near Leeu Gamka, 388km from Cape Town, on the N1 in the Karoo. 

Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa said the accident occurred on Sunday when one of the vehicles was allegedly in the process of overtaking another car just outside the town. 

A passenger in a Toyota Hilux and the driver of a Mercedes-Benz have been taken to the Beaufort West hospital. They managed to be extricated just before the wreckage burst into flames. 

The driver of the Hilux, however, burnt to death. Mopping-up operations were still under way this morning but the N1 has been reopened. 

Rudy Theron posted on social media: "Every single day we see posts of people videotaping their speedometers, doing the maximum speed their vehicle can travel.

"Every day I see people overtaking on the yellow line, disobeying general rules of the road and driving like chops.

"This is the reason for the deaths on our roads. The IDGAF attitude. Makes me nauseous."

Genaythan Gashmuw Chalmers posted on Facebook: "It was a Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 that overtook where he wasn't supposed to.

"The driver of the Hilux burnt to death and traces of a baby was also found which was also burnt. The two adult men were transferred to Beaufort West hospital."

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