HELPING HANDS: Emergency personnel gather after a four-car crash in which several people were injured on Jakes Gerwel Drive. Picture: Leon Knipe / Independent Media.
HELPING HANDS: Emergency personnel gather after a four-car crash in which several people were injured on Jakes Gerwel Drive. Picture: Leon Knipe / Independent Media.

Four killed in spate of Cape Town accidents

By Zodidi Dano Time of article published Aug 22, 2016

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Cape Town - Four people were killed and at least six others injured on the roads in Cape Town on Monday morning.

City of Cape Town’s traffic spokeswoman Maxine Jordaan confirmed the fatalities.

Jordaan said the first report was from Kuils River where three women died in a crash. “The motor vehicle accident occurred on the corner of Riebeek Road and Polka Draai, in Kuils River, at around 4.20am. One motor vehicle lost control and three female persons are deceased.

“All necessary role-players were on scene. The driver (who survived) was allegedly arrested for drunk driving,” Jordaan said.

She said another road fatality took place on Robert Sobukwe Drive at around 7.10am. She said a pedestrian was killed.

“On the Robert Sobukwe, Kassesvlei and Yellowwood stop a taxi knocked over a 30-year-old man, (he is) dead. The right lane was obstructed.”

Meanwhile, on the R102 after Buttskop Road in Blackheath a truck lost its load of approximately 20 tons of wood beams. Jordaan said the left lane was obstructed for some time. On Sunday evening at around 5.30pm, four cars collided on a bridge along Jakes Gerwel Drive and at least five people sustained serious injuries.

Sharney Manual, father of one of those injured, said a drunk driver driving a minibus taxi heading towards Klipfontein Road swerved on the road, knocking a motor vehicle over a barrier. The vehicle then veered into oncoming traffic, hitting a car with five passengers inside. Manual said his son, daughter and two other friends, both females, were in this vehicle.

The five had sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital for medical treatment.

“My son has sustained head injuries; he can’t move much and is still not sure of some details. My daughter and one of her friends have a broken ankle, legs and shoulders. The other friend’s face is swollen and scarred,” Manual said.

In yet another accident on Monday morning, a taxi driver was seriously injured after he lost control and crashed his taxi into a light pole on the N2 outgoing near Jan Smuts Drive.

Cape Argus

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