One dead as bakkie crashes, bursts into flame, Potchefstroom

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A man died when his bakkie left the road, rolled, and caught alight on the R54 outside Potchefstroom on Saturday, North West paramedics said.

ER24 paramedics, along with fire services, arrived on the scene and found the bakkie lying in the veld some distance away from the road. The bakkie was already well alight by the time emergency services arrived on the scene, ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said.

“Fire services immediately began to extinguish the blaze. Once extinguished, paramedics found the burned remains of the driver lying in the driver’s seat.”

Unfortunately, the driver was burned beyond recognition and had succumbed to his fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for him and he was declared dead on the scene.

The cause of the accident was not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations, Meiring said.

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