Weekend road deaths

2011-03-05 14:08

A man was killed and four others were injured in a car pile-up on the N2 highway in Mt Edgecombe, while a male pedestrian was killed and seven other pedestrians were seriously injured when a minibus taxi lost control and crashed into them in Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal paramedics said today.

Netcare 911 paramedic Chris Botha said a VW Jetta being towed on the N2 highway lost control at 11.30am today and hurtled across lanes, dragging the tow car, a GWM SUV, with it.

The SUV overturned and rolled while the Jetta collided with two other cars in the opposite lane. The driver of the SUV, in his forties, died on the scene. Four other people were injured, two seriously. They were transported to hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile, ER24 paramedic Derrick Banks said a taxi lost control on Longmarket street just after noon, crashing into a stationary car and then veering off into pedestrians.

A man died on the scene, and six other men and a woman were seriously injured.

“They suffer possible back and neck injuries and possible fractures,” said Banks.

The taxi was empty at the time and the driver escaped injury. 

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