At least four killed in single vehicle crash on N2 close to Swellendam

At least four people have lost their lives, when the vehicle they were travelling in, crashed on the N2 close to Swellendam in the direction of Cape Town, on Friday.

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According to the Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Ricardo Mackenzie, a passenger bus overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle. He added that 49 others were injured in the incident.

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Mackenzie urged road users to be safe this long weekend

‘’Our deepest condolences and thoughts and our prayers goes out to this horrible incident that took place. We wishing everyone in hospital and those sent home a speedy recovery.’’

‘’A very strong reminder to all of those using our roads over the long weekend - Please be safe on the roads, please stop when you are tired. And buckle up. Our provincial traffic services are out in full force this long weekend as we try and reduce the road fatality on our roads,’’ he added.

The Western Cape’s Health and Wellness MEC, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, said Eskom has exempted Swellendam Hospital from the load shedding schedule, to deal with the injured.

“As of now, Health currently has the situation under control. The most critical patients have been airlifted to Groote Schuur, Tygerberg and George Hospitals. Referrals are being sent to Worcester Regional Hospital with our EMS vehicles. In relation to treatment, patients are being triaged accordingly on site and the green patients are being seen at the local clinic, while the rest are being treated at Swellendam Hospital.”

“Additionally, Eskom has exempted Swellendam Hospital from the load shedding schedule. This will greatly assist the facility in ensuring round-the-clock, lifesaving services. As [provincial] Minister of Health and Wellness, I am grateful for the dedication and commitment of our healthcare professionals,’’ she added.

Swellendam police are investigating the matter.


Done by: Mitchum George


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