The Warrenton police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after four men were killed when the taxi in which they were travelling plunged into a dry water canal along the N12 on Sunday.
THE WARRENTON police are investigating a case of culpable homicide following an accident that claimed the lives of four men, when the taxi in which they were travelling plunged into a dry water canal along the N12 on Sunday.
The four men succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead on the scene, while another eight people, including the driver, were rushed to various hospitals for medical treatment.
The accident happened just after the N12 main bridge on the road to Christiana.
The injured were attended to by ER24 and provincial emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said the accident happened at approximately 21.45pm.
“It is alleged that the driver hit a stray cow, which was roaming on the N12, and, as a result, lost control over the taxi and plunged into the dry canal,” said Tawana.
It is believed that the taxi was transporting mine workers.
Albert Hensberg from ER24 said they found the passengers outside the vehicle upon arrival at the scene.
Hensberg added that it was fortunate that the canal had no water in it.
It is believed that the canal was dry due to construction work being done on it.