Another person killed on bend on Soutpansberg Drive

The driver of this Renault Stepway was declared dead on the scene. The passenger was rushed to hospital after he sustained injuries. Photograph supplied

A man was killed after his white Renault Stepway overturned on Soutpansberg Drive in Van Riebeeck Park on Saturday.

The accident happened around 4pm and a passenger was taken to hospital after he sustained injuries.

Deputy patrol commander in Van Riebeeck Park, Mark du Plessis, who was at the scene, said the car crashed into a tree and landed on its roof. According to Du Plessis, the driver was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.

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Du Plessis found the injured passenger standing outside the vehicle, waiting for an ambulance.

“This road is very dangerous. This was not the first casualty on this stretch of the road. An Ekurhuleni refuse removal truck also overturned here in October last year, resulting in two deaths,” said Du Plessis.

“There is a serious need to erect a barrier. Additional lighting is needed in the evening with rumble strips. At some point, vehicles are going to go through the walls and crash into the townhouses nearby.

“If the tree didn’t stop the car on Saturday, it would have gone through the wall into the properties and possibly injured people.”

Ward councillor Gideon van Zyl said the bend of Soutpansberg Drive was dangerous to motorists. “A lot of people have lost their lives on this road.

“On a regular basis we have vehicles that are either overturning on that bend or that crash into the fence of the complex.

“There are no road markings and physical warnings, like rumble strips, to warn motorists there is a curve ahead and that they should slow down.”

 

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Tumi Riba
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