Two die in Kruger National Park accident

Friday, October 5, 2018

Police at the Kruger National Park are investigating circumstances around a vehicle accident that led to the death of two visitors on Thursday.

According to the South African National Parks (SANParks), the two died after a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident between the Olifants and Letaba camps.

SANParks said the two people were day visitors. Initial reports suggest there was no other vehicle involved in the accident, said SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla.   

“Rangers and emergency personnel rushed to offer assistance but unfortunately nothing could be done to save the lives of the visitors. According to eyewitnesses, the car veered off the road and overturned; the two occupants were ejected from the car and were certified dead at the scene,” Phaahla said.

Kruger National Park managing executive Glenn Phillips has passed his sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased.

“It is always a tragic event to lose someone and we wish their families strength during this difficult period. When reports of the accident were received, we immediately dispatched emergency medical personnel to assist those affected. I would like to thank my colleagues who responded to the accident,” said Phillips.

He has urged the public to desist from speculating on the circumstances and to allow the SAPS to conduct investigations. The result of the probe would be shared with the families at the appropriate time, he said.

“We would like to again urge visitors to the park to obey the rules of the road, stick to the speed limit and remain vigilant at all times. We are approaching the festive season in two months’ time and encourage visitors to plan their trips between gates and camps so as to eliminate the need to speed,” said Phillips.     

The names of the deceased cannot be released as their next of kin have not been informed, SANParks said. –