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'Speeding' motorist collides with police vehicle

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Jul 01, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TWO police officers and a speeding motorist were injured in a collision allegedly caused when the motorist who failed to stop at a red robot in Nelspruit yesterday.

The three were taken to Nelspruit Medical Clinic and Rob Ferreira Hospital shortly after the accident at about 7.30am.

A marked police vehicle from the provincial flying squad unit was travelling along Anderson Street when a white bakkie sped from an adjacent street into the junction.

The police vehicle hit the left side of the bakkie, which spun around several times before it landed on the pavement in front of a bed shop.

Five women who were walking down the street witnessed the accident. They said the bakkie missed them by a few metres.

"I could not believe my eyes when I saw the bakkie spinning and coming towards us." Xolile Magagula of Pienaar said.

"We scattered in different directions to avoid it and, thank God, we are still alive.

"Can you imagine going to work and never coming back home because you were hit by a flying vehicle?"

The police vehicle also spun out of control and was severely damaged.

Ambulances were on the scene within minutes and the injured taken to hospital.

Nelspruit police spokesperson Inspector Dawie Pretorius said he was still gathering information before he could comment.

"I can confirm that an accident, in which one of our vehicles was involved, happened this morning. But I cannot reveal details since I'm still waiting for statements from the detectives dealing with the matter," Pretorius said.


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