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Four killed in N12 crashes

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The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove the bodies from the mangled wreckage

BUS CRASH: A man was killed after his silver Polo (below) smashed into a bus (left) late Friday evening. Picture: Soraya Crowie

FOUR people died in two separate motor vehicle accidents that took place about three kilometres away from each other and just 10 minutes apart on the N12 between Kimberley and Warrenton on the weekend.

In the first accident, three people were killed in a head-on collision involving a BMW and a Volkswagen Velocity about 10 kilometres outside Warrenton on Friday evening.

The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove the bodies from the mangled wreckage.

The communications officer for the Warrenton police station, Sergeant Sipho Taliwe, said that two men from Warrenton, who were travelling in the Velocity, were killed on impact, while a woman, who was seated in the back seat of the BMW, also died in the accident that took place at about 8.10pm.

Taliwe said that the driver and second passenger in the BMW were transported to a hospital in Kimberley.

He indicated that the occupants of the BMW were from Tembisa in Gauteng. Taliwe said the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

The second accident took place at about 8.20pm, when a bus transporting football players, who were participating in the national inter-Local Football Association tournament in Kimberley, collided with a Volkswagen Polo about 60 kilometres outside Kimberley.

Taliwe said that the driver of the Polo apparently swerved into the oncoming lane and crashed into the bus head on.

The bus veered off the road down a steep decline and crashed through a wire fence before it came to a standstill in the veld.

The bus was transporting 62 Cape Town football players who were commuting between Kimberley and Warrenton for overnight accommodation.

Taliwe said the driver of the Polo died on the scene while the bus driver’s right leg was injured.

The bus driver was transported by Emer-G-Med to the Lenmed Hospital in Kimberley where he underwent surgery.

“None of the passengers on the bus were injured although they were sent for medical observation,” he stated.

The passengers indicated that the bus driver had, after the collision, “miraculously” managed to steer the double-decker bus without overturning the vehicle.

They stated that they were shaken by the accident and were uncertain whether they would be playing in the finals of the tournament.

“It is unfortunate that the driver was injured, he handled the accident with great skill. We were in good hands.”

The Warrenton police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

The owner of Sal Fred bus, Freddy Christians, said that a replacement bus was immediately sent to transport the players following the accident.

“They were back on the game on Saturday, taking part in the finals. None of the players were injured in the accident. They left Kimberley on Saturday night after the game.”

He said that the driver’s right leg was broken in three places.

“We are waiting to hear from the orthopaedic unit whether it will be necessary to operate. As soon as he is discharged, we will transport him back to Cape Town, as he is keen to recuperate at home. He will be okay.”

Christians believed that the driver managed to keep control of the bus by remaining calm and acting rationally. “All our drivers complete advanced driving courses.”

A woman was meanwhile transported to hospital by Emer-G-Med on Saturday after her vehicle crashed into a tree on the N12, about 20 kilometres outside Kimberley on the Warrenton road.

In a fourth incident, a motorist collided with a cow, which was killed, on the N8 road on Friday. The driver was not injured.