Survivor of a car accident in South Africa in which three British tourists died, reveals a & # 39; terrifying & # 39; test
The station wagon driver in which three British tourists died as it crashed over the side of a South Africa bridge on a 75-foot down river, said: & # 39; It all happened as if it was in slow motion. & # 39 ;
Miracle survivor Thando Kalipa, 55, who escaped with barely a scratch, told from his hospital bed how the car started to slip as it crossed the 300-meter bridge over the edge of Port Elizabeth.
Married Chris Naylor, 58, wife Susanna, 54, and Miranda Harris, 66, were killed by bone trauma injuries from when their station wagon hit the bridge barrier or hit the river below upside down.
Peter Harris (left), 67, survived the crash, but his wife Miranda (center), 66, was killed alongside good friend Chris Naylor (right), 58, and his wife Susanna
Susanna Naylor, 54, pictured with husband Chris Naylor, 58, both killed in the crash. The four best friends who had known each other for more than 25 years were driven to the airport by a driver from the Kuzoko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth
Miranda & # 39; s husband Peter, 67, and safari lodge driver Thando, who was behind the wheel and brought them from their visit to a popular safari park to an airport to fly home, were pulled alive from the wreck.
Founder Peter from West Lavington, Wilts, is still unconscious in critical condition at Mercantile Hospital in Port Elizabeth with two of his four adult children now at his bedside.
Driver Thando was released from hospital after being held in a ward for 48 hours for observation and returned to the safari lodge where he works in the famous Addo Elephant National Park.
He told police investigators that he believed that their double-cab Toyota cabin car was hit from behind by another vehicle on Monday afternoon as it began to cross the Swartkops bridge across the river.
He told The Herald newspaper: & it all happened as if it was in slow motion – the car screamed, but just before we hit the water, everything became quiet. It was just so frightening & # 39 ;.
The inverted wreck of the Toyota station wagon is half under water after a crash over the edge of the Swartkops bridge in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The two married couples had spent 10 days on the 450-kilometer garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and had stopped for two days to view wildlife at Kuzoko Lodge.
Driver Thando, who works for Kuzoko, drove them to OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg for their flight home.
He said to The Herald: & We were driving and it was a great atmosphere and we were all talking and joking and I thought they were such nice people and then we approached the bridge.
& # 39; I remember the car slipping and the passengers yelling & # 39; what's going on & # 39; and I felt the car skid and I just held the steering wheel and then I heard a loud bang.
& # 39; I saw in the rearview mirror the trailer with the luggage attached to the barrier and the next thing went over the vehicle and we flew to the water below.
& # 39; I kept calling & # 39; wait a minute, wait & # 39 ;. Everyone became silent – I think I was the only one still aware. It all happened so quickly but the fall felt like a slow motion movie.
The Swartkops river bridge in Port Elizabeth, where three British tourists were killed when their vehicle crashed over the edge
& # 39; When we hit the water, I heard other people screaming from the side of the river. The water filled up in the car, but people jumped into the river and started swimming towards us.
& # 39; It was chaos and I screamed that they should help the passengers, because my seat belt was stuck. They managed to free them and pull them to the foot of a concrete bridge pillar.
& # 39; I was so shocked. I don't understand how I survived, even with a broken bone.
"They then came back for me, but I couldn't take the seat belt off and a man said he was going to get a knife, but then the seat belt released and I could get out," he said.
The brave rescuers pulled Kalipa out of the destroyed vehicle and pulled him to the shore.
He said to The Herald: & I remember yelling for everyone to help the passengers. They tried to calm me down, but I cried and screamed and saw them doing CPR with the guests.
& # 39; But then they blocked my view so I couldn't see & # 39;
& # 39; I was so shocked. I don't understand how I survived, even with a broken bone, & he said.
& # 39; It looks like our Chrysler's trailer left our trailer for a while. & # 39;
South African police said they had seized the Toyota estate car and that the Chrysler was suspected of ending it and were being investigated by accident investigators.
Eastern Cape police spokesman Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said: “All options are being viewed as part of the investigation. We are currently at a very early stage & # 39 ;.
Victims Peter Harris, 67, who survived the crash and his wife Miranda, 66, who was killed. Harris is a former English teacher at £ 36,000 a year Christ's Church school in Horsham, Sussex, and a former Anglican clergyman in Liverpool
Survivor Peter Harris founded the international charity A Rocha in 1983 with wife Miranda and created their first camp in Portugal where they had their four children.
Victim Chris Naylor was the general director of the charity and his learned wife Susanna was a former volunteer and head of science at a leading boys' school when she died.
It is thought that British tourists were driving on the dual carriageway that was hit by stormy winds when a Chrysler behind them hit their followers.
Mother of three Susanna was head of science at the £ 17,000 annually Christ Church Catholic School in Oxford, Oxon, and lived with her deceased husband in nearby Burford, Oxon.
Accident victims Susanna Naylor, 54, and husband Chris Naylor, 58, both of whom died in the South Africa accident
Peter Harris, 67, who survived a horrible traffic accident in South Africa where his wife Miranda Harris, 66, was killed
Founder Peter Harris, 67, was a former English teacher at £ 36,000 a year Christ's Church school in Horsham, Sussex, and a former Anglican clergyman in Liverpool.
His wife Miranda helped him set up the A Rocha charity – which means The Rock – which is now active in more than 20 countries, including South Africa, South America and the US.
The charity has an income of £ 5 million a year from government grants, trust funds, donations and churches and calls itself an & # 39; international network of environmental organizations with a Christian ethos & # 39 ;.
The charity has 145 employees and a worldwide network of 850 volunteers and is looking for new countries to work in.
The Harris & # 39; s had spent their lives since 1983 growing the charity and traveling the world promoting his work in many different countries before settling back in the UK.
Among their many projects are the Captive Elephant Welfare Program in India, the Atewa Forest Project in Ghana, the Kenya Bird Map Project and helping to combat the fires in the Amazon.
Peter Harris, 67, who was left in a serious state after the crash in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
They live in the village of West Lavington, Wilts, in a house that has been chosen to be close to the homes of their 4 adult children.
Victim Chris Naylor from Oxford, Oxon, is a former natural sciences teacher with a Masters Degree from Cambridge University who joined charity in 1997 and was named CEO in 2010.
His brilliant scholarly wife Susanna earned an MA in medicine from the University of Cambridge, where she met him and then moved south to graduate with a BA in clinical medicine at Oxford University.
She then graduated with an MA in Advanced Educational Practice at Oxford Brookes University, allowing her to become a teacher and in 1989 she married college love Chris.
The dedicated couple had been married for 32 years and after both degrees moved to Kuwait to become teachers, but fled after the Iraqi Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990.
When the war was over, they returned to Kuwait and then traveled through the Middle East to teach in Jordan and Lebanon before returning to the UK in 1997 to join the charity A Rocha.
Susanna, however, missed teaching and became head of science at Kitebrook Prep School in the Cotswolds and had just moved to the same position at Christ Church Cathedral School when she was murdered.
Victim of a car accident Susanna Naylor, 54, pictured with a science lesson. The three adult children Chloe, Joshua and Samuel of the Naylor made a statement in the aftermath of the death of their parents, in which they talked about their pain while describing their parents as inspiring
The historic boys' school was founded by King Henry VIII in 1546 and offers choirs for English cathedrals.
The four best friends who had known each other for more than 25 years were driven to the airport by a driver from the Kuzoko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth.
They had spent two nights in the 15,000-acre game reserve with the Big 5 of lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants, enjoying daily game drives and walking safaris.
They were a short drive to the airport when a tragedy struck the 300-meter bridge across the Swartkops River below.
Above all, their families and friends are kept in our prayers.
Eastern Cape Department of Transport spokesman Khuselwa Rantjie said the accident occurred Monday at 11.45 am and a culpable murder case had been opened.
The three victims were pulled out of the wreck and declared dead on the spot by a doctor and the two survivors were stretched back to the road and hurried to the hospital.
A Rocha International spokesperson said: “Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, our CEO and his wife Susanna, were involved in a horrific car accident in South Africa.
& # 39; Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter and the driver of the car are treated in a local hospital and are in a stable state and we are waiting for further news.
& # 39; Above all, their families and friends are kept in our prayers. We know this is a big shock to everyone in the A Rocha family and to many others around the world & # 39 ;.
An A Rocha member in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they have a center and who asked not to be mentioned, said: & I met them last week and they were wonderful people.
& # 39; They said they were on a dream vacation, although it was also a work trip and they said they ended it with a trip to the Addo Elephant National Park to see the Big 5.
& # 39; The co-founder Peter said he was crazy about wild birds and said he was looking forward to photographing them in Addo and told me there were more than 400 species in the wild.
& # 39; I can't believe that three of the nicest people took us that way and I pray for Peter to survive. These people were all devout Christians devoted to God.
Car accident victim Peter Harris, 67, is an ornithologist and is depicted here with a bird of prey
& # 39; You can really wonder when people like them are taken from us in such tragic circumstances and we all pray for their children and friends in the UK, she said.
A spokesperson for Kuzuko Lodge, where the four had stayed, expressed his condolences to the two families involved.
The Naylor & # 39; s have three adult children Chloe, Joshua and Sam and the Harris & # 39; s have four adult children who all live near their Wiltshire home and have six grandchildren.
The three bodies will be flown to the UK after post mortars have been carried out to determine whether they have been killed by the impact of the water or by subsequent drowning.
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