Four dead in horror crash on Cape’s R300

IOL mot pic feb29 R300 Crash 1 . At least three bodies are seen lying on the R300 after the horror crash. Picture: Leon Knipe / INLSA

Cape Town - Four people died and two more were seriously injured when their car crashed into a concrete barrier on the R300 early on Sunday morning.

The horror smash happened yesterday morning just after 5am on the R300 near a footbridge near Mitchells Plain.

Police said the Toyota RunX was travelling at “a very high speed” heading towards Mitchells Plain at about 5am when the driver apparently lost control and car collided with the concrete wall in the middle of the R300 near the Kuils River pedestrian bridge.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said there were six people – four women and two men – in the car.

“Some of the occupants were thrown out of the vehicle,” he said. “One man, who was the driver, and three women died. The other two occupants, a man and a woman, were rushed to hospital.”

“We got video footage and it seems like they were going at a very high speed,” he added, “but there were no other vehicles involved.”

Africa said police would investigate whether alcohol had played any part in the tragedy.

By late Sunday afternoon, police had yet to identify the victims.


Nine people were killed on Western Cape roads over the weekend, including two pedestrians who were hit on Jakes Gerwel Drive and Borchards Quarry Road.

In Swellendam, a passenger died in a head-on collision between a truck and a bakkie.

“People need to adhere to the rules of the road,” Africa said. “Most pedestrian accidents happen when the driver is distracted by either a phone or when they are busy with the car radio.

“Other reasons could be fatigue or drivers overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic.”

Africa also said a motorist was also arrested for driving at 193km/h in a 120km/h zone near Beaufort West.

“In Touwsrivier, another driver was arrested after he was caught speeding in two zones,” he added. “At first, he was caught driving at 176km/h and the second time, he was driving at 171km/h.”

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