Accidents cause carnage on the R37

LYDENBURG – Two fatal motor accidents occurred a mere kilometre from each other on the R37 near Buffelsvlei Guest Farm this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon the driver of a Nissan double-cab bakkie, with six other passengers including children, lost control of the vehicle which drove through a steel palisade gate and rolled.

According to hazmat operator, Deon Broekman, the driver and passengers were flung from the bakkie.

“Two of the passengers, a man and a woman, were declared dead on the scene. The other four, three of whom were children, were rushed to Lydenburg Hospital with critical injuries.”

The ages of the children vary between one and seven years. The 24-year-old driver was arrested after police suspected him of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Lydenburg Hospital for blood tests.

According to Capt Alfred Moela, spokesman for Lydenburg SAPS, the man has been charged with driving under the influence and culpable homicide. He is yet to appear in court pending the outcome of the blood tests.

On Sunday Broekman and paramedics responded to yet another accident involving a Renault Megane at nearly the exact same spot.

“Upon arrival we found the driver underneath the vehicle. He was declared dead on the scene. We suspect that he fell asleep and rolled the car.”

Broekman said they also removed alcohol from this vehicle after the recovery of the body

Narda Vermaak

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