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Accident claims another life

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"This is a massive tragedy, as we now have to deal with five deaths, and not just one”

ACCIDENT SCENE: The bakkie that rolled on the N12. Picture: Supplied

A FOURTH person has died in hospital following Wednesday’s tragic motor vehicle accident on the N12 outside Kimberley, when a double-cab bakkie carrying 11 people overturned.

Three people, Mouslique September, 28, her son, Branlin September, 5, and Chad Abrahams, 18, died on the scene after the bakkie they were travelling in overturned and rolled when a tyre burst.

The accident occurred near Belmont, on the N12 between Kimberley and Hopetown, at around 1pm.

The double-cab bakkie, with a canopy, was transporting 11 people, which included four children, two teenagers and five adults.

They had been travelling from Cape Town to Kimberley for the funeral of a family member, Charmaine September, who died of a heart attack in Kimberley last week.

Eight people sustained injuries in the accident and were transported to hospitals in Kimberley.

While six of those admitted to hospital were discharged by yesterday, a 10-year-old boy, James Steenkamp, died in hospital at around 9pm on Wednesday evening.

Mouslique’s sister, Febe-Anne September, remains in Lenmed hospital’s ICU unit.

According to a spokesperson for the family, Loretta Herbenkerzen, the family had been left “completely devastated” by the incident and was still trying to come to terms with the “massive tragedy”.

“We had spoken to them (the family members travelling in the bakkie) on WhatsApp when they took a bathroom break in Hopetown. A few minutes later, the accident occurred. This is a massive tragedy, as we now have to deal with five deaths, and not just one,” Herbenkerzen said.

She added that their grief had been aggravated by incorrect reports from the scene, stating that two females and not two males had been killed in the accident.

“This incorrect information from paramedics on the scene, published on social media, created confusion amongst family members across the county and added stress to an already extremely traumatic experience,” Herbenkerzen said.