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Freak accident as bakkie is swept off bridge and it ends in tears

A freak accident caused the unexpected death of a pensioner after his car was swept off a low lying bridge. 

Police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said the man’s bakkie was swept away when he tried to cross the bridge on the Geelbekvlei gravel road near Brandwag.

The incident happened at around 9am.

Pojie said police had been busy with patrols when they spotted the vehicle, a Colt double cab bakkie, in the river.

“They had to smash the window to pull the driver out, but he was already dead. An inquest docket has been opened,” he said.

And as hundreds of residents spent yesterday mopping up after Monday’s flood, a sense of community shone through the devastation as residents, nonprofit organisations and businesses banded together to help those affected.

Department of water and sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said more than 100mm of rain had fallen in George and surrounding areas since 2am on Monday.

But with more rain expected, Garden Route District disaster management is considering requesting the provincial and national government to declare the region a disaster area.

District disaster boss Gerhard Otto said an assessment of infrastructure in and around George was being carried out. He said there was a still water in low-lying areas.

Source: https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2021-11-24-elderly-man-dies-after-bakkie-swept-off-bridge/

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