Durban - On Saturday, three people were killed and one was left injured after three vehicles crashed into each other on the Hans Dettman Highway near Shallcross.
One of the vehicles burst into flames and one overturned coming to a rest on its side.
Most people became aware of vehicles bursting into flames in 2016 and 2017 with the Ford Kuga.
Reshall Jimmy was burnt to death in his Ford Kuga in Knysna. Reshall died after his vehicle allegedly burst into flames in December 2015.
Several other Ford Kuga’s burst into flames on South African roads.
Arrive Alive, a road safety organisation, has shared safety precautions one can follow if they find themselves in a similar situation.
What to do if your vehicle is on fire:
- Stay calm.
- If the vehicle is moving, signal and move to the side of the road.
- Pulling to the side makes it possible for everyone to get out of the vehicle safely.
- Turn off the ignition to shut off the electric current and set the emergency brake.
- Make sure everyone gets out of the vehicle and don’t waste time by removing personal belongings.
- Move at least 100 feet away, keeping traffic in mind.
- Keep onlookers and others away.
- Warn oncoming traffic.
- Notify emergency services from a safe distance.
- Do not open the hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it.
- Be cautious of attempting to put out the fire yourself.
- If the fire is relatively small and in the interior, use your extinguisher.
If you are in an accident and cannot get out immediately:
- Unlock the doors and windows.
- Get your seat belt off.
- Kick out a window if the door won’t open.