UPDATE: R59 accident claims five lives, two critical

DESTROYED: The Ford Tracer involved in the accident. Five of the passengers in this vehicle died on impact.

A HORRIFIC accident on the R59 freeway North, just before the Swartkoppies offramp, claimed the lives of five people and left two in a critical condition. The accident happened on September 10 at 3.30am.

Three cars were involved in the accident, but it is suspected that a fourth car was involved. Unfortunately, more information cannot be disclosed to the public, however, the known cars involved in the accident include a white Ford Tracer, a white Nissan bakkie and a black Volkswagen Polo.

INJURED: The drivers of these two vehicles involved in the accident have been taken to hospital – one with critical and the other with serious injuries.

The Ford held six people, of which five died on impact and one of the passengers sustained critical injuries. The motorist of the Volkswagen Polo also sustained serious injuries. Both were taken to a hospital.

Upon the RECORD’s arrival on the scene, the ambulance had already left. EMPD, RTMC (Road Traffic Management Corporation) and SAPS were still on scene, investigating.

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The Ford car was in a gruesome state, with the roof and most of its rear completely gone and destroyed. There were CD’s, a shoe and an empty beer quart-bottle and beer can lying at the passenger foot area. It is not yet known what exactly caused the accident but it is suspected that some of the vehicles must have moved at a great speed.

The RECORD will publish additional information as soon as it becomes available.

*Information supplied by various authorised sources.

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Monique van Wyk

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