Wet Joburg roads cause 30 accidents

2011-12-09 13:24

At least 30 road accidents were reported as heavy rains continued to fall in Joburg this morning, paramedics said.

“A clear increase [in accidents] has been seen this morning,” said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

An accident in Lenasia saw 11 people injured when a truck skidded on a wet road and hit a taxi. Four people were treated for possible neck and back injuries, while the others sustained mild injuries.

Only slight injuries were reported in the other accidents.

Johannesburg Emergency Services said while it had attended to a number of accidents today, these had been mainly minor “bumper-bashings”.

Emergency services spokesperson Synock Matobako said traffic would be diverted in Pennyville after a car was left stranded when New Canada Road flooded.

“[The occupants] saw the road was flooded but they took a chance. They got stuck in the middle and then just jumped out of the car and fled to safety,” said Matobako.

Joburg Metro Police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said the flooding of New Canada Road meant traffic flowing to and from Soweto and Main Reef Road was now being diverted.

She suggested people heading into Soweto use the N17, while those driving in the opposite direction use the Elias Motsoaledi or Nasrec roads.

Emergency Services also attended to 16 shacks which were flooded near Dobsonville in Soweto. Matobako said only the floors of the shacks had been damaged and there was no need for residents to be evacuated.

He urged motorists to act with caution on the roads and to especially look out for pedestrians.

“The schools are closing today so there will be a lot of children in the streets,” he said.

The SA Weather Service said wet weather could be expected to persist in the east of the country until at least Sunday.

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