Five perish in fiery crash

A VW Golf GTI crashed into a traffic light on Blaauwberg Road on the weekend.

Four women and a man burnt to death after a car burst into flames after hitting bulldozer on Otto du Plessis Drive, towards Big Bay, at the weekend.

According to City Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse, they responded to the crash at 2.55am on Saturday.

“When the Fire and Rescue Service were alerted the vehicle was already alight – upon arrival they found the five bodies inside the vehicle,” he said.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free the bodies from the charred wreckage of the Kia Picanto.

Milnerton SAPS spokeswoman Captain Nopaya Madyibi said the car had hit a bulldozer parked on the side of Otto du Plessis Drive.

According to Table View Neighbourhood Watch chairman Grant Lemos, the bulldozer is often parked there because of nearby roadworks.

Neighbourhood watch members at the scene had heard the screams and cries of the victims in the burning car but had been powerless to help them, Mr Lemos said.

A sixth occupant – flung from the car as it rolled – had escaped with minor injuries.

The Daily Voice reported that the victims had been out partying in Joe Slovo and had left to visit a friend in Melkbosstrand but had turned back when they couldn’t find the friend.

Table View CPF chairman David Harris called the crash “a terrible tragedy”.

He said: “Our condolences go out to the loved ones of those who lost their lives.”

The crash was one of five road accidents in the Table View area at the weekend.

On Friday night, a white Corsa bakkie hit another vehicle on Sandown Road. Mr Lemos, who was on the scene, said no injuries were reported.

On Saturday morning, a white VW Polo hit another car before crashing into on the corner of Ringwood Dive and Wood Drive in Parklands. No injuries were reported.

And on Sunday in Blaauwberg Road, a VW Golf GTI crashed into a traffic light and lost its front wheel. Mr Lemos said the driver had to be cut out of the car but sustained only minor injuries.

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