N4 claims a Life
Rustenburg – A three-vehicle pile-up accident on the N4 highway on Sunday evening, 14 January 2017, resulted in the death of a man, Captain Elsabé Augoustides, police spokesperson, reported.
Gustav Olivier (21), his wife Chane Olivier (19) and their 4-month old infant Kaylee, were returning to Randfontein after they dropped off Jacoba Taljaard (Kaylee’s grandmother) in Rustenburg. On their way back, underneath the Kruger Street bridge over the N4, their vehicle’s tyre burst and the driver reportedly lost control of his Isuzu Trooper V6 at approximately 18h45.
Baby Kaylee was strapped into her baby chair and fortunately sustained no injuries. Jeandre Taljaard (17 years of age, from a smallholding in Boshoek), also a passenger in the Trooper, sustained no injuries and addressed the Police on scene. The driver, Gustav Olivier sustained injuries.
The driver of a grey Audi on his way to Botswana, and carrying passengers, tried to avoid the accident but to no avail. His vehicle overturned and crashed into the embankment next to the N4. One of the passengers, a Botswana citizen, Mr Maphepa Saviour Terry (36), sadly died due to injuries sustained.
A third vehicle, a white Isuzu double cab, was also involved in the accident, but Mr Kimberley Leepile managed to swerve out, preventing serious injuries and damage. A child passenger was hospitalised but sustained only minor injuries.
Numerous injuries were reported and the victims were transported to the Brits Provincial Hospital, the Rustenburg Medicare as well as the Tlhabane Clinic.
A culpable homicide case has been registered.
According to an eye witness on scene, seconds after the crash, a minibus taxi pulled over. One of the passengers showed oncoming traffic to take heed, and another assisted the mother and her 4-month old baby to get out of their wrecked vehicle.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
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