Cyclist, young woman killed in accidents in Vaal Triangle over weekend

A 22-year-old woman was killed in a collision between a Polo and a RAV4 on Ravel Road, Vanderbijlpark last night.
A 22-year-old woman was killed in a collision between a Polo and a RAV4 on Ravel Road, Vanderbijlpark last night.
Image: ER24

A cyclist was among those killed in accidents in the Vaal Triangle at the weekend.

In the latest incident, a 22-year-old woman was killed in a collision between a Polo and a RAV4 on Ravel Road, Vanderbijlpark, just after midnight on Sunday.

Two others, a 30-year-old man and a woman, suffered minor injuries in the accident, ER24 said in a statement.

It said paramedics were on the scene just after midnight with the fire department and police.

“The 22-year-old female was found partially entrapped in the wreck of the Polo, showing no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for her and she was declared dead on arrival.

“The 30-year-old man and the adult female from the RAV4 were both found to have suffered minor injuries. The male patient was treated by ER24 and transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further care. The female was found still in the vehicle and was immobilised prior to being treated on scene and transported by the other private EMS service on scene, also to Mediclinic Emfuleni.”

In the earlier incident, a man believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was killed when he was knocked off his bicycle by a light motor vehicle on the R42, at Veld and Vlei outside Three Rivers.

“ER24 paramedics were on the scene at 8.03pm last night along with the provincial emergency medical services. The man was found lying prone in the street showing no signs of life. Unfortunately nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead on arrival. GPG assessed the driver of the vehicle — an adult male with unknown injuries.”

The SA Police Service was at the scene for investigations and handover.

Meanwhile, a police dog named UK found a stash of hidden weapons during a follow-up operation early on Sunday morning.

The Breede River K-9 unit was en route to the scene of a burglary at a farm in the Nuy Valley area near Worcester when farm watch members waved them down and pointed out an empty safe next to the road.

“Utilising the unit’s explosives dog the members followed tracks leading to a dry river bank,” said Brig Novela Potelwa.

“The canine reacted to a pile of leaves and sat on it.”

Under the pile of leaves were three hunting rifles, 15 rounds of ammunition, a tag light and a laptop.

The search for  the suspects  continues as detectives investigate a burglary and theft case. K-9 units are playing in increasingly important role in crime-fighting in the province.

A new K-9 unit with six dogs was established on the West Coast in October to help combat narcotics, explosives and firearms trafficking.

It was the region's first dedicated K-9 unit Along with sniffing out contraband, the SAPS dogs are also trained to assist in anti-poaching operations.


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