Accidents claim lives

LEPHALALE — The drivers of a BMW and a VW Polo died on Monday night 27 February around 20:00 after three cars collided on Nelson Mandela Drive. The third car involved was a Toyota Quantum minibus.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, it is alleged that the driver of the black BMW 320 D travelled from Onverwacht towards the Medupi/Steenbokpan T-junction. He made a U-turn in front of a Toyota Quantum minibus with registration number CWB 237 L and a VW Polo registration number DC 29 BY GP. This resulted in a serious accident with all three vehicles involved. The driver of the Polo as well as the BMW were declared dead on the scene. The driver of the Quantum was taken to hospital with minor injuries. A case of culpable homicide was opened. This incident occurred not too far away from the head-on collision last Wednesday where two people also lost their lives.
On Tuesday morning around 06:30 another person lost his life on Nelson Mandela Drive when a Nissan Hard body NP300, registration number DP 20 BH GP and a Chevrolet Spark collided between the TVET College and the Animal Clinic.
The deceased, a 33 year old man who was a passenger on the back of the NP 300, died on the scene. He was from Umtata in the Eastern Cape.
According to Lephalale Police, the NP 300 was carrying seven workers of Inambenza Abengoa Construction. The six other passengers were taken to Lephalale Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.
The police say it is alleged that the driver of the Chev Spark was driving in Zebra Street approaching Nelson Mandela Street and the driver of the Hard Body was driving from Marapong to town when the two cars collided. Eye witnesses allege that the driver of the Chev Spark didn’t stop at the stop street before turning onto Nelson Mandela Drive.
A case of culpable homicide was opened.

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