Details have emerged about a devastating accident that occurred on the M1 near Melrose in Johannesburg, resulting in the death of a police officer and four prison inmates.
M1 Accident Details
The accident took place around 4.15pm on the M1 south, just past the Corlett Drive off-ramp, as reported by Johannesburg emergency medical services (EMS). The collision involved three vehicles: a Nissan NP300 SAPS bakkie, a Ford Ranger, and a Mercedes-Benz, according to Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Xolani Fihla.
Casualties and Injuries
The Nissan vehicle had six occupants at the time of the crash. Tragically, five individuals – the male driver and four passengers (one female and three males) – lost their lives in the accident. Another female passenger from the Nissan sustained serious injuries. It was confirmed that the police were transporting prisoners from court at the time of the incident.
Other Vehicles Involved
The Ford Ranger had four occupants: one male, one female, and two children (a girl and a boy). All four sustained serious injuries in the crash. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, who was alone in the vehicle, did not sustain any injuries.
Cause of the M1 Accident
Earlier reports suggested that the accident occurred after the driver of the bakkie allegedly lost control due to a road rage incident with a Mini Cooper travelling north on the M1. However, the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation by SAPS.
Images shared on social media showed that the police vehicle was completely destroyed in the crash. The bodies of the victims were scattered across this busy stretch of road, painting a grim picture of this tragic incident.