It is believed that most of the passengers in the vehicle were family members and were travelling from Cape Town to Kimberley for a funeral
TWO WOMEN and a young boy died after sustaining numerous injuries in a motor vehicle accident on the N12 between Kimberley and Hopetown yesterday.
Another eight people, including children, sustained injuries in the accident – when a bakkie rolled on the N12 about 60 kilometres from Kimberley – according to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.
“ER24 personnel arrived on the scene at 1.10pm to find the provincial emergency services already in attendance. A bakkie was found upright on the side of the road with several people lying around the vehicle. Medics assessed the patients and found that two women and a young boy had sustained numerous fatal injuries. Nothing could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene.
“Eight other patients were tended to on the scene. Assessments showed that one man had sustained numerous injuries and was in a critical condition while seven other patients, several of them children, had sustained moderate injuries. The patients were treated for their injuries and the critically injured man provided with advanced life support interventions, before they were transported to hospitals in Kimberley for further care,” Meiring said.
It is believed that most of the passengers in the vehicle were family members and were travelling from Cape Town to Kimberley for a funeral.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana yesterday confirmed that Belmont police were investigating a case of culpable homicide following an accident which claimed the lives of three people.
Tawana indicated that the deceased were aged five, 17 and 28 years old.
“At about 1pm, Belmont police attended an accident scene on the N12 after a Toyota bakkie overturned. Three passengers were certified dead on the scene. Other passengers were transported to the hospital to receive medical treatment,” Tawana said, adding that the cause of the accident was yet to be established.
He could, however, not confirm how many people were injured and taken to hospital.