A traffic officer from Limpopo was rushed to the Montana hospital in Pretoria after a vehicle hit him on the N1 highway near Codrington off-ramp at Mantsole-weighbridge.
Traffic police were apparently controlling traffic on the motorway when they spotted a driver speeding in a Renault. According to information received from the Limpopo, traffic department, the driver of the Renault drove in the direction of Pretoria. M Z Malesa, one of the officers pursued the speeding driver. Near Codrington turn off; both vehicles was brought to an abrupt standstill.
Both the driver of the Renault and officer Malesa was standing beside their cars when another driver lost control of a pickup vehicle and crashed into the two stationary vehicles. All three vehicles were damaged, and officer Malesa was knocked over.
There were some others who were injured in the collision. The police and the Bela-Bela emergency services could not confirm how many were injured or the extent of the injuries. It is also currently unclear whether the driver of the Renault was injured.
Martie Jonker, an Advance Paramedic Assist (APA) in Bela-Bela, said Malesa had sustained injuries to his neck, shoulders, one of his arms and concussion in the accident.
The injured were taken to Warmbaths Hospital for treatment, but the hospital did not want to comment on their condition.
APA took Malesa to Montana hospital where he is still recuperating.
Bela-Bela police are investigating a case of reckless driving.