Bloody weekend on Ekurhuleni roads.
Before the end of Saturday evening, 1 June 2019, seven lives had already been lost due road crashes and two others due to gunshot wounds in different incidents around the City of Ekurhuleni. It all started on Friday morning, 31 May 2019, on the N17 freeway east bound, at the Osborn road on ramp, when two light motor vehicles crashed resulting in two passengers being killed on scene. An alleged stationary pick-up truck with nine occupants was apparently packed on an emergency lane when another one came from behind and crashed on it hurting seven passengers and instantly killing two others.
The freeway had to be closed for the duration of the operation. One of the four critically injured patients had to be flown to Sunshine hospital in Benoni by medical helicopter. The others were road transported by ambulances to the same hospital.
Saturday afternoon, 1 June 2019, at around 16h49, a multiple shooting case was reported at Vegieland shopping centre, Klippoortjie Park in Germiston. When paramedics and law enforcement units arrived on scene, two adults, a male and a female were found lying motionless on the floor inside Spar supermarket.
Information on site states that there was a robbery that took place and the suspects short randomly and instantly killing the two adults alleged to be the shoppers. The two were declared dead on scene and the scene was handed over to the police for further investigations.
At around 18h10, a fatal crash happened on the R103 road northbound in Mapleton, Boksburg, near the Flanagan road turn off. Four vehicles were involved in crash, instantly killing three adult males. Three light motor vehicles and apparently a minibus as well, which wasn’t found on scene, were all part of the crash.
Apparently, VW Golf had a mechanical breakdown and was being manually pushed by two of its passengers. A Ford Fiesta came from behind and crashed onto it, instantly killing the two and their driver. Specialised extrication tools had to be used to recover the deceased driver from behind the steering wheel.
The driver of the Ford Fiesta was with a two-year-old toddler in the vehicle and both were transported to Clinix private hospital in Vosloorus with serious injuries. The third vehicle, Toyota conquest with four occupants, had minor damages and all its four occupants escaped with minor injuries. A minibus wasn`t found on scene, though information from witnesses stated that it was involved with minor damages and with no casualties.
Just couple of minutes thereafter, about four hundred metres away from the initial crash, another two light motor vehicles a sedan VW Polo and a VW Golf crash took place. It was on the same road where R103 meets with Luvuyo Street in Mapleton Boksburg.
One adult female passenger was declared dead on scene, two others, an adult female driver and a male passenger, both sustained serious injuries. In the Golf, there were two occupants who as well sustained serious injuries. All the four injured from both vehicles were medically treated on scene before transportation to Sunshine Hospital in Benoni.
Rescue teams from both incidents had to use specialised extrication tools to recover the deceased stuck inside the ruined vehicles in both crashes.
Another crash took place in Primrose at Oak Street, where a biker lost control of his bike and crashed to death. Primrose rescue crews responded promptly to the scene and on arrival, they found a male biker aged around 20 years of age lying lifelessly on the road. Unfortunately, on assessment and treatment, the patient was declared dead on scene by paramedics.
The three fatal crashes are under City of Ekurhuleni`s traffic officers` investigations.
Around 20h26 the same Saturday evening, an articulate truck was torched on R554 east bound near Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Klippoortjie Park. Fire fighters from Alberton, Tokoza as well as Wadeville Fire Stations, turned out with four fire engines for intervention. Two industrial pumpers and two water tankers to extinguish the well alight vehicle.
Police had to be called as members of Buhle Park community came in numbers to help themselves to the groceries from the huge trailer. That hampered the smooth operations of the fire fighters hence police had to be called to enforcement the law.
As per information received on scene, the truck was hijacked and torched after the driver was assaulted and left at the point of hijacking which is alleged to have been around Roodekop industrial area in Germiston.
The road had to be closed for the duration of the operation.
Source: William Ntladi, District manager media liaison: Ekurhuleni Emergency Services Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS)