An eleven-year-old girl was killed in a freak accident during peak hour morning traffic, after her mother lost control of her vehicle on the N2 in Port Elizabeth this morning.
The accident caused severe traffic backlogs throughout the city.
Police spokesman, Captain Johan Rheeder, said the accident had occurred shortly after 7.30am, when the driver of a white Tazz, Phumla Jange – who had been travelling up the N2 towards the Western Suburbs – apparently lost control of her vehicle just after the Uitenhage offramp near Continental.
Jange was taking her two daughters and their niece to Rowallan Park Primary school.
“The vehicle apparently spun out of control, went over the middle barriers, and landed in oncoming traffic heading towards the city centre,” said Rheeder.
Rheeder said a white BMW, which had been travelling along the N2 towards the city centre, had slammed on brakes to avoid colliding with the Tazz. A Blue Nissan then collided with the BMW.
Rheeder said one of the girls, Sokhona Jange, 11, had been killed instantly when the Tazz had rolled.
“Her mother, sister, aged 10, and niece, aged 7, have been taken to St Georges Hospital. The occupants of the two other vehicles were only lightly injured,” he said.
Rheeder said police were looking for eye witnesses who could possibly provide more information relating to how the Tazz had initially lost control. He asked anyone with information to contact Detective Andre Jonker from Algoa Park police station on 041 409 1043.