Man killed, six others injured when bakkie overturned on the R71

A man was killed, and six other people were injured when the bakkie they were travelling in rolled on the R71 between Tzaneen and Polokwane, Limpopo, on Sunday. 


ER24 said paramedics arrived at 08h43 to find the local authorities and towing services already in attendance.

“A wrecked bakkie was found on its roof on the side of the road. Six people were found lying some distance away from the vehicle while one patient was trapped inside the bakkie.”

Paramedics assessed the patients and found that a man and two women were critical while the entrapped patient and two others had sustained minor to moderate injuries. 

“A seventh man was to have already succumbed to his numerous injuries. 

“The Provincial Fire Services had to use specialised rescue equipment to free the entrapped man from the bakkie.”

ER24 said once the man was released, paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support. 

“Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further care.

“The details surrounding this incident are unknown, but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.” 

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Meanwhile, thirteen people sustained injuries when a taxi overturned and landed several meters down an embankment on Saturday in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram the accident happened around 17h00 on Saturday afternoon in Osindisweni.

“Paramedics located the taxi lying on its roof.”

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He said thirteen people suffered mild to moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

“According to some of the passengers, the driver of the minibus was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

“He fled the scene prior to the arrival of First Responders.”

Balram said all thirteen injured people were treated on scene before they were taken to a hospital.

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