Nine die in two horror accidents

Crash Wreck
CRASH WRECK: The mangled wreck of the Nissan Livina in which a hitchhiker died after it crashed into a Toyota Prado on the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown yesterday. The road was closed for several hours
PICTURE: EUGENE COETZEE

NINE people died and seven were injured in two horrific accidents in the Eastern
Cape yesterday.

Eight people died when two cars – a minibus and a Toyota Avanza – collided on the N6 between Queenstown and Cathcart yesterday afternoon.

An Eastern Cape Department of Transport official, who cannot be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, described the accident as horrific.

“One of the vehicles caught fire and four passengers were burnt beyond recognition. The other four passengers were also declared dead on the scene.”

In a separate accident, a hitchhiker died after the car he was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision near the Nanaga farm stall on the N2.

The unidentified hitchhiker got a lift from a woman driving a Nissan Livina.

The 48-year-old woman, travelling from Peddie, allegedly ignored a “Stop and Go” and crashed into an oncoming Toyota Prado. She was taken to Livingstone Hospital with a broken leg.

A 15-year-old girl, also in the Nissan, was airlifted to Livingstone.

The 55-year-old driver of the Toyota sustained back injuries and was also taken to Livingstone. Four other people travelling in the Toyota were not injured.

The N2 was closed for about three hours.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

– Yoliswa Sobuwa and Shaun Gillham

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