Four lives lost

LEPHALALE — On Saturday 3 October two white Volkswagen Polo Vivo sedans collided head-on. Four people died instantly and seven were transported to hospital. The accident happened around 00:30 on Nelson Mandela Drive near Lephalale Mall.

According to Police, the one Polo Vivo (registration number PJZ969L), with nine occupants, was travelling from east to west. The other Polo Vivo (registration number JHD148MP), with three occupants, was travelling from west to east. The driver of the Limpopo vehicle allegedly lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the lane of oncoming traffic. The vehicles collided head-on.

According to Police, two of the deceased’s identities are known to them, but at the time of going to print, the names could not yet be released. One of the deceased, a 21-year-old man, was a student at the Lephalale TVET College. He came from the Vembe District. The second deceased was the 28-year-old driver of the Limpopo Polo Vivo. He came from Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

The names of the two other deceased, as well as the seven injured people, were not known to the police at the time of going to print.

Police confirmed on Monday that three of the injured were transferred to Polokwane due to the severity of their injuries and the other four were still in Ellisras District Hospital.

This accident highlights the dangers and deadly consequences of overloading vehicles.

A very graphic cell phone video –taken shortly after the accident – has been circulating on social media. This shows the gruesome realities of the accident, with the deceased still in the car, while others are still alive and badly injured.

Videos of this nature also open the debate again on graphic content and the privacy and rights of citizens when it comes to social media.

Anyone with any information about the identities of the two girls who died in this fatal accident is requested to contact Warrant Officer Selokela on 060 445 3059.

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