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'Woman's screams led to fatal crash'

By unknown | Feb 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A survivor in a horror car crash which claimed six lives has told how the driver of the car apparently panicked and lost control following loud screams by a heavily pregnant woman when she suffered labour pains.

The accident happened on Saturday night when the car was travelling to Kgapane Hospital where the woman was to be admitted.

"The driver was frightened by the sharp screams of the woman, who yelled soon as she felt excruciating pains of delivery. The driver lost control of the car, causing it to veer off the road and plunge into the bushes," said Mohale Ramabetha, the survivor.

Ramabetha spoke to Sowetan yesterday at his home in Mandela Park, just outside Kgapane near Modjadjiskloof.

"It has been very difficult for me since the accident, and I sometimes think I will never travel by car again.

"I just cannot believe I survived the accident, which claimed the lives of six people, including my sister and her five-year-old daughter. Each time I think about the accident I get cold and realise how lucky I am to have survived," said Ramabetha.

Ramabetha survived with serious head and body injuries. He was admitted to the intensive care unit and was discharged yesterday.

Ramabetha lost his sister Lucy Ramabetha, 30, and his niece Modjadji Ramabetha, 5.

The others who died were Reuben Mamakata and his nine months pregnant wife Zodwa Mamakata. The driver and another passenger's names are yet to be released.

Police are still investigating the accident.


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