Three Britons killed as car plunges off bridge in Port Elizabeth
Three British friends have died and another is seriously injured after they were involved in a "horrific" car crash on South Africa's southern coast. Married couples Peter and Miranda Harris and Chris and Susanna Naylor were in a vehicle which crashed off a bridge on Monday, 28 October 2019, near Port Elizabeth and plummeted around 75ft (22,8m) into the water. Peter Harris, 67, survived the crash but was seriously hurt. The driver of the vehicle also survived. Their car was reported to have collided with another vehicle on the N2 highway in Bluewater Bay. Eastern Cape Department of Transport spokesperson, Khuselwa Rantjie, said the accident happened on the N2 at the Blue Water Bay Bridge, towards Grahamstown, on Monday at about 11h45.
Rantjie said the victims’ vehicle, a Toyota double cab with five occupants and pulling a trailer, was travelling from Grahamstown in the direction of Port Elizabeth. “It is alleged that the driver lost control after the trailer knocked another vehicle and later overturned into the river. Three adult occupants were declared dead on the scene, while two sustained critical injuries. The injured occupants were taken to Livingstone Hospital for medical assistance. A case of culpable homicide has been opened,” Rantjie said.
The couples were in the country with UK based Christian charity A Rocha, which is involved in practical conservation projects around the world and was founded by Mr and Mrs Harris in the early 1980s.
Naylor is the organisation's CEO and co-founded A Rocha Lebanon in 1996 with his wife, having both worked as teachers in the Middle East. In recent years, Susanna Naylor was head of science at Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford.
A Rocha said the news came as a "profound shock to everyone in the A Rocha Family and others all around the world." It added that their families and friends are "held in our prayers" and said a page had been created for those wishing to share their memories and condolences, which would be relayed to the victims' loved ones/
Tributes on the site include one which reads: "Sincerest condolences at this most difficult time. We hold you in our prayers." Another wrote: "Dearest Peter, no words can describe our feelings at hearing the news. How can we make sense of what has happened? We cannot imagine what a loss it is to you, Joanna, Esther, Bethan, Jeremy, their spouses and children and all other relatives."
The Foreign Office said it is "supporting the families" of those involved and that its staff are "in contact with the South African authorities."
Source: Sky News and All 4 Women