South Africa: Kids Lose Parents in Early Morning Crash

Two people sustained moderate injuries in a collision in Vereeniging. Both were transported to Mediclinic Vereeniging for further care.

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Two people were killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning when their vehicle crashed on the N12 near Zuurbekom, outside Carletonville, paramedics said.

Another two occupants, the pair’s children, were left with serious injuries, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak, said.

Vermaak said that, shortly before 6:00, paramedics arrived at the scene and found two overturned vehicles.

“The parents of an 18-month-old and 9-year-old were found with fatal injuries near an overturned bakkie.”

Vermaak said all the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle.

The two children were found with serious injuries and were treated and stabilized on the scene before they were rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the other car sustained minor injuries and later declined to be transported to hospital.

Vermaak said authorities were investigating the exact cause of the accident.

Five people were killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning when a vehicle collided with a bakkie on the N1 near Mookgophong, the Limpopo department of transport said.

The accident occurred after an Amarok bakkie overtook a vehicle and crashed into an oncoming BMW, provincial transport spokesperson Joshua Kwapa said.

Kwapa said both drivers and three passengers died instantly.

He urged motorists to be cautious on the roads during the festive season.

“Most of these accidents that kill our people are as a result of reckless and negligent driving, like overtaking and driving under the influence of alcohol. This accident could have been avoided,” he said.

Meanwhile, six people – including a constable – who died when two vehicles crashed and caught fire on Saturday, have been identified, local police said.