The streets in the quiet residential area of Morningside were crowded by
emergency vehicles and personnel early on Sunday morning after a Citi golf
had slammed into solid brick embankment.
According to members of the public, who witnessed the accident, the golf with
its five occupants had been travelling at "high speed" when they
smashed head on into the embankment. The single motor vehicle incident took
place on the corner of Venice and Mentone Streets at approximately 1am on
All five occupants, indian males in their early twenties, were in a critical
condition and were trapped within the mangled wreckage of the vehicle. Metro
fire department & ER24 paramedics used the Jaws of Life and other rescue
equipment to cut off the vehicle's roof and doors to extricate the critically
injured occupants who were crushed up against each other in the passenger
cab. The driver of the vehicle was declared deceased on the scene, despite
the extensive efforts of paramedics to resuscitate him. Paramedics worked
hand in hand to stabilise the other 4 occupants, all of whom were placed on
the scene. Two patients were placed on ventilators at the scene by
Netcare 911 and ER24 Advanced Life Support paramedics.
Two passengers, who were in the back seat, later died in hospital as a result
of their injuries. All five patients were transported to both King Edward and
Addington Hospitals by ambulance. The remaining two men are in a
This is a very tragic accident and it is such a pity to lose such young lives
in such an unnecessary accident. SAPS attended the
scene and a case of culpable homicide has been opened.