Two traffic officers killed as car crashes into police roadblock

29 January 2018 - 22:39 By Alex Patrick
Two police officers were killed on Monday night when a suspected drunk driver drove into the roadblock they were manning on Witkoppen Road.
Two police officers were killed on Monday night when a suspected drunk driver drove into the roadblock they were manning on Witkoppen Road.
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Two Johannesburg metro police officers were killed on Monday night when a suspected drunk driver slammed into the roadblock they were operating.

While details of the accident are still emerging, a paramedic on scene told TimesLIVE that the officers had set up a roadblock on the corner of Cambridge and Witkoppen roads, in Sandton on Monday night.

While the operation was underway, a vehicle ploughed through the blockade and slammed into three cars. Two officers died and six other people were injured.

The road was closed in both directions due to the accident.

"A BMW, a Porsche and a Toyota Corolla were waiting for inspection at the roadblock when a white Hilux bakkie, travelling at a [high] speed, slammed into the three vehicles and the two JMPD officers, killing the officers instantly," the paramedic said.

"The injured have been transported to hospital by various [emergency] services. Their injuries range from critical to mild,” he added.

The driver of the Hilux was reportedly taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. 

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