Caption: A man died when his vehicle left the road and ploughed into a house in Escombe on Wednesday morning. Picture: Garrith Jamieson


A man died when the vehicle he was driving left the road in Escombe and smashed into a house.

The incident took place at the intersection of Main Road and Bowker Road, Escombe, said Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson.

Jamieson said paramedics performed emergency resuscitation attempts on the driver, but he unfortunately passed away at the scene due to his severe injuries. A passenger was seriously injured.

The vehicle crashed through a fence and struck the side of the house at what appeared to be a boma.

In an earlier incident on the roads a couple broke down on the N2 freeway in the vicinity of Lamontville. When the male driver walked to find petrol the woman was assaulted as robbers broke the vehicle’s window with a brick. They robbed her and fled the scene.

Rescue Care reported that on Umgeni Road, near the N2 earlier on Wednesday morning, a protester threw a petrol bomb into a truck, causing major damage to the vehicle and slight injuries to two men. Traffic on the M19 and N2 were backed up.