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Five people die after car overturns in Eastern Cape

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Five individuals, including a seven-year-old girl, tragically lost their lives when the driver of their vehicle lost control and it overturned near Bedford in the Eastern Cape. The incident occurred shortly after 10pm on Saturday, approximately 3km outside Bedford on the R63 road to Adelaide.

According to Unathi Binqose, spokesperson for the provincial transport department, the vehicle involved was a Renault Sandero traveling from Adelaide towards Bedford. It carried seven occupants: six females and one male, among them a seven-year-old girl.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. Four people died at the scene, while one passed away upon arrival at Bedford Hospital. The deceased include three females, the seven-year-old girl, and the male driver,” Binqose stated.

Additionally, two women sustained serious injuries and were promptly transported to Bedford Provincial Hospital.

“The exact cause of the accident remains unclear at this stage. A case of culpable homicide has been initiated at Bedford SAPS for further investigation,” Binqose added.

In other news – Four soldiers die of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

Four soldiers perished from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after starting a fire in their container to combat the harsh cold while on duty in Orkney, North West, as part of Operation Vala Umgodi aimed at tackling illegal mining activities. The tragic incident, confirmed by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini, occurred during their 24-hour shift at Shaft 3, a dormant mining shaft near the disused Harry Oppenheimer Stadium.

According to Dlamini, the soldiers were found deceased inside the container, which served as their guard house, by the relief team taking over their shift. Read More

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