Off-duty TMPD officer killed in head-on collision with bus

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) has confirmed the death of yet another officer who was killed in a head-on collision with a bus on Wednesday 7 October 2020.

TMPD OFFICER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION 

Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the TMPD officer was off duty when he was involved in a head-on collision with an A Re Yeng bus at around 16:00 on the corner of Paul Kruger Street and Mansfield Avenue on Wednesday. 

“He passed away at the scene. The driver of the bus and four passengers were rushed to the nearest hospital,” said Mahamba. 

Image via: TMPD
Image via: TMPD

While the cause of the accident is still unknown at this stage, a case of culpable homicide was opened and will be investigated further by the local South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We urge those who might have witnessed the accident to contact TMPD on 012 358 7095/6 or the nearest SAPS,” said Mahamba. 

“TMPD is very saddened to lose one of its hard-working members. He was deployed at special operations at the time of his passing. We would like to send heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace,” he added. 

THREE OFFICERS KILLED IN ACCIDENT IN AUGUST 

In what was a very similar occurrence, three TMPD officers perished in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver on the N4 between Trans Orange Road and Rebecca Street in Pretoria west in August. 

It was around 2:00 in the morning when the officers spotted a vehicle driving recklessly and facing oncoming traffic in the Pretoria CBD.

“The officers tried to stop the vehicle, which was driving to the westerly direction but it fled and officers gave chase. The officers called for back-up and they were joined in the chase by a TMPD team which was in the area where the vehicle was heading. The TMPD vehicle had three male officers inside,” said the Tshwane Metro Police Communication Unit.

The vehicle in pursuit was then involved in a head-on collision with the TMPD vehicle that was providing back up. 

The three TMPD officers, as well as, the driver of the vehicle which was sought died on the scene.  He was driving with a lady passenger who was transported to the nearest hospital.

“Empty and full alcohol bottles were found in the suspect’s vehicle. A case of culpable homicide has been opened,” it added. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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