Diana biographer injured in SA car crash

2012-11-20 15:25
Cape Town - The famous Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton and his wife Carolyn were injured in a car crash on Friday, reports The Daily Mail.

A woman and a baby were killed in the accident.

Morton and his wife were on their honeymoon in South Africa.

The 58-year-old biographer and journalist, who became famous for his tell-all biography on the late Princess Diana, suffered broken ribs, while his wife Carolyn, 51, sustained a broken sternum.

The Citizen reports that the couple arrived in SA at the beginning of November and started their visit in Franschhoek.

The accident happened on a remote road near the Kruger National Park.

Andrew and his wife were on their way to the airport after their two-week honeymoon when the car they were travelling in collided with another vehicle.

The passengers of the other car, a woman and a two-month-old baby, died at the scene. Another passenger was also injured and was taken to Matikwane Hospital in Mpumalanga.

'We would have been dead'

The Mortons' vehicle was driven by a local driver from Tamboti Tours, Johan Scholtz.

According to the article, Morton remembers colliding head-on with the "silver Honda" on a steep hill.

The Evening Standard newspaper spoke to Andrew Morton. "I am well under the circumstances," Morton told the newspaper. "The other people are dead. Had my wife and I not been wearing safety belts, we would have been dead."

He recalls the honeymoon as a "marvellous holiday".

"We were watching lions and a female leopard shortly before hitting the road and that horrible accident happened," he said.

Carolyn has since been discharged from the medical centre in Nelspruit they were sent to, but Andrew has been asked to remain for observation.


  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 15:40

    One story in Kruger Park then true story is near Kruger Park GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

      aspruyt - 2012-11-20 15:53

      Yeah I was just thinking how fast were they driving for people to die in Kruger! Meanwhile it was only close to Kruger...

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-20 16:16

      Hmm and not one word about how sad the story is no matter where it happened?

  • bradh.quaide - 2012-11-20 16:01

    The discription is misleading! Come on news24, this is ridiculous, just another example of how you mislead your readers! Inside the Kruger and near the Kruger is completely different as there are completely different rules!

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-20 16:08

      I feel sorry for the family of the mother and child who died. Rest in peace.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-20 16:26

    Ok, so my comment was deleted as an answer so here it is: How sad that 3 comments are about the whereabouts it happened,nothing about how sad the story is and the people killed and so badly injured, are we that concened about news 24? Condolences to all.

  • Dereck - 2012-11-20 17:46

    Drove past the accident, the problem on this road is that the road users think that they drive better than they actually do. Overtaking on blind rises and bends are as commonplace as public urination

  • fatalmovesteam.fatalmovesteam - 2012-11-21 06:46

    Another day, another deadly crash. More dead. More injured. More devastated families. We need a major shift in driver attitudes to get this under control. Please share fatalmovesdotcom with your friends and family. It may just change their attitudes and save lives. We can only try ... and hope...

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