A mother from Benoni, Gauteng, is fighting for her life in ICU alongside another female victim after a man believed to be her spouse doused her vehicle in petrol and set it ablaze.
The shocking scenes unfolded in front of a pre-school where the badly burned driver’s daughter attends classes. It is believed that the male suspect poured petrol on himself and the car before lighting the flammable liquid.
The man at the centre of this senseless and violent act received critical burns, while the women involved were diagnosed with ‘serious burn wounds’ by Fire Services on the scene.
The vehicle was completely destroyed by fire, but the sole occupant and her friend managed to escape.
All three are in intensive care at the hospital. So far, emergency sources have not clarified the nature of the dispute. ER24, which released a statement about the incident on Monday. They confirmed that the second woman engulfed in flames was assisting in getting the driver out of her car – a brave act that may have saved a life.
In this terrifying incident, no children or anyone else at the Benoni pre-school were injured. “Three people were hospitalised this afternoon when a man allegedly poured petrol over himself and a vehicle, setting it alight, on Miles Sharpe Road in Benoni. ER24 and Fire Services were in attendance. The vehicle was also found alight in the parking area. Medics found a man with critical burn injuries, while two women sustained serious burn wounds.”
“The patients were treated and provided advanced life support interventions before they were transported to nearby hospitals for further care. It is believed that the man had poured petrol over a light motor vehicle with a woman inside. Another woman sustained her injuries when she tried to assist in removing the patient from the vehicle,” said the ER24 statement.
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