Although a charge of manslaughter has being opened against the taxi driver, i don’t know enough to know who was at fault – this is about tragedy not blame.
We’re a small town so more were affected than those directly involved.
I was with tourists, having just left Judah Square. As we rejoined the N2 at approximately 9.25am, i remarked, disappointingly, how quiet the road was for it was an indication that the holiday season was ending early. But, ironically, within seconds, between Hornlee and George Rex Drive, 4 police cars and ambulances raced past us, sirens blazing. The pastor with us remarked that there must have been a terrible accident. Probably less than 2km away, there was!
A mate of mine is a small business owner who is divorced. His 4 kids had been dropped off earlier and his ex-wife and her boyfriend had gone on a fun trip which ended in death. I was originally told that her boyfriend’s children had also died but news reports have only stated that 2 adults died on the scene (which is contrary to another source which said that she had died 2 hours later in Knysna’s private hospital).
Another man i know said that his wife had been the nurse attending and, initially, hadn’t recognised the victim she knew. Apparently those in the taxi were severely injured, each with many broken bones so that many were sent on to George Hospital (it’s a great hospital so sure that they’ll get good care).
Another mate confirmed how bad it was when he said his friend had seen the accident and stated it was the worst he’d witnessed. A cop on the scene has being reported to have said the same.
Across South Africa, there were many horrific crashes this past weekend. Our country seems to have the inability to learn from its mistakes so please play your part and drive as safely as you can.
So some have gone, away from the joys and pain of living, but there are those who who will live with the pain. To my mate, who is now a single father of 4, and to the grandmother i haven’t met, my deepest condolences. I hope that all those around you embrace you with love and help. A duty of life is to keep living the best you can…
Update: Yusriyah De Long has commented below that there were in fact 4 in the car, that the adult male was from Uitenhage and that a child and a male adult dies on the scene whilst, sadly, a third, a female adult from Knysna, died in the hospital. Allison Utting commented on our Facebook that the staff at Knysna hospital worked extremely hard under very hot conditions (was 35 degrees that day) to save lives.