AN ACCIDENT caused by a burst tyre outside Komani on the way to Whittlesea claimed four lives, including that of the driver, on Saturday evening with people at the scene and police saying the bakkie had been overloaded.A five-year-old boy is also in a critical condition in hospital.
Ambulances, traffic officers and tow trucks were at the scene when The Rep arrived.
Lwando Mfundisi, who was driving behind the bakkie, said the driver lost control of the car after a tyre burst.
“There was no oncoming traffic and I was the only car behind the bakkie.
“It just moved to the other side of the road and went over the fence.
“It drove over those huge stones and rolled, but I don’t know how many times.
“These are people I know and I had to go and inform the family about the accident,” he said.
Four bodies lay covered at the scene, with an elderly woman being treated in an ambulance nearby.
People at the scene said there were 14 people in the bakkie but the police disputed the number. Police spokeswoman captain Namhla Mdleleni said there had been 22 people in the bakkie.
“The driver of the vehicle also died.
“A five-year-old boy among those who were admitted to Frontier Hospital has been transferred to Frere Hospital in East London as he is in a critical condition.
“All the other patients have been discharged,” Mdleleni said.
She said the four people who died were aged between 13 and 30.
Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.