A third person has died after he and ten other people were injured in a head-on collision in the suburb of Uitsig in Bloemfontein on Monday morning, January 21.
Spokesperson, Thabo Covane, tells OFM News the two vehicles that were involved in the collision on Memorium Road, were a Mazda 323 Sedan and a Toyota Yaris. Covane says it is alleged the Mazda had seven occupants, while the Toyota had four. It is alleged the overloaded Mazda was moving on the wrong side of the road, when the collision occurred at around 03:00 in the morning. Covane says blood tests have been conducted on the individuals which will determine whether they were under of influence or not.
Several people were critically injured in the fatal crash. ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, told OFM News previously the five people in a critical condition received “advanced life support interventions”, while the rest with moderate to minor injuries were treated at the scene and all transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Covane says a culpable homicide case has been registered with the police.
Chief Director of Traffic Management in the province, Nako Ramotsoto, earlier said drinking and driving is one of the major contributors to accidents on roads across the country. Ramotsoto says the onus is on all South Africans to hold themselves and their loved ones accountable, especially those who want to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
The traffic head cautioned motorists to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol and urged family members to take car keys away from loved ones who want to get behind the wheel after having one too many drinks.
Olebogeng Motse / OFM News