Traffic Officer dies in hospital after vehicle crash
SCHOEMANSKLOOF - A TIU traffic officer, Vincent Ngomane, died in hospital after he was hit by a vehicle this morning on the N4 Toll Road in Schoemanskloof near Montrose.
The incident took place when the on duty officer was stopping a red Audi sedan and a speeding silver grey Chevrolet Aveo side-swiped the Audi and overturned on the road, hitting the officer.
Ngomane sustained internal injuries and was airlifted to the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic. He later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the speeding vehicle also sustained minor injuries during the accident and he was taken to Mediclinic for medical examination.
MEC Ngomane has sent his condolences to the family of Ngomane and described him as a strong and brave man. The MEC said Ngomane was a hard worker who contributed in the fight against road crashes. He was recently awarded by the MEC, together with three other officers in Mbombela, for their outstanding performance during the festive season.
The MEC added that it was a very unfortunate situation for the department and all traffic officers, stating that government was shocked by this incident.
He urged police to investigate the matter and if there was any wrongdoing on the part of the driver, he should face the consequences of his actions.
“Speeding is a challenge on our roads and drivers must be responsible and manage their time when undertaking trips.”
Submitted by: Zandile V Mandlazi
Subeditor: Lynette Brink