5 people burnt beyond recognition as car catches fire after horrific road accident


FIVE people died in the early hours of yesterday morning after their car caught alight following an accident.

Their bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue workers responded to the call just before 3am after the car, a Kia Picanto, collided with a construction vehicle on Otto du Plessis Drive, near Table View.


Fire and rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said on arrival at the scene, firefighters found four women and a man who had all sustained fatal burn wounds.

He said firefighters extricated the bodies from the car using the Jaws of Life, while Netcare 911 pronounced all five dead upon arrival at the scene.

The bodies were taken away by forensics for autopsy.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

The Table View Neighbourhood Watch (TVNW) trauma team were on the scene and assisted rescue services.

Spokesperson Laura Outhet said TVNW extended its condolences to the family of the deceased.

Greater Table View Area Forum chairperson Karen Davies called the incident “horrific”.

“We definitely need more traffic visibility, calming measures and controls. It’s becoming too much out there.

“The community has just lost the plot, nobody is adhering to the rules. Everybody wants to moan about the taxis, but ultimately we all need to take responsibility for our actions on the road,” Outhet said.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident yesterday morning, two cars collided at the corner of Ringwood Drive and Wood Drive in Table View, where one of the cars landed on its side against the wall of a nearby house.

– Weekend Argus

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