Police have opened a culpable homicide case following an accident between a light motor vehicle and a stationary truck near Touws River claimed the lives of four people, including three children.
“A call for assistance came through at 04:34 on Thursday, 11 February. The light motor vehicle was transporting six passengers – two adult females, three children (five-month-old twin girls and a three-year-old girl); and one adult male,” Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson Deanna Bessick says.
One woman and the three children were trapped in the car and were found to have sustained fatal injuries. The man and other woman were taken to the Worcester Provincial Hospital as they were found with critical injuries.
Police Captain FC van Wyk says that culpable homicide case has been opened and the circumstances surrounding the incident is being investigated.
In an unrelated event, the EMS responded to a call of a heavy motor vehicle accident between the Klapmuts and Klipheuwel turn-offs at 05:12 on Friday morning.
“The driver in the truck with a double trailer was on his way to Cape Town when the incident occurred. Bystanders witnessed the truck swaying and eventually driving off the road and crashing into a bridge on the side of the road,” spokesperson Deanna Bessick says.
The truck driver was found dead on the scene and had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life tool. A crane and two rescue vehicles were also used during the operation.