Three British tourists at the helm of a Christian environmental conservation organization were killed on a dream trip to South Africa when their car careened off a bridge and plummeted 75 feet into a river below, according to a new report.
Miranda Harris, 66, died in the Monday crash, along with friends Chis Naylor, 58 and his wife Susanna, Metro UK reported.
Miranda’s husband, Peter Harris, 67 — a former clergyman who set up the organization A Rocha International with his wife — was the only one of the travelers to survive, along with driver Thando Kalipa. They are listed in stable condition at a local hospital.
Chris Naylor was the CEO of A Rocha and Susanna was a senior teacher at Christ Church Cathedral School in Oxford.
The friends had just wrapped up their 10-day combined adventure and work trip to the country — visiting A Rocha field groups but also taking time to enjoy wildlife safaris, according to the report.
They were on their way to the airport — driving along the 450-mile Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth — when a gust of wind knocked their silver Toyota off-course, causing it to collide with a Chrysler Neon on the Swartkops Bridge around 11:45 a.m., the outlet reported.
The Toyota went flying over the crash barrier, landing on its roof in the river.
Khuselwa Rantjie, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, told Metro that a culpable homicide case was opened.
The Harrises have four grown children, and the Naylors have three, according to the report.
All three bodies will be flown home to the UK after post-mortem examinations are conducted.
“I cannot believe that three of the nicest people have been taken from us like this and I am praying for Peter to survive,” an A Rocha member in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, told Metro. “These people were all devout Christians devoted to God.”
“Above all, their families and friends are held in our prayers,” a spokesman for the organization said in a statement. “We know that this comes as a profound shock to everyone in the A Rocha Family and to many others around the world.”
A Rocha, Portuguese for “The Rock,” was founded in 1983.
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