Crashes claim six lives on KZN roads

2012-07-30 00:00

IT was a bloody weekend for commuters on the roads of KwaZulu-Natal after crashes claimed at least six lives.

The lives of several more critically injured people are hanging in the balance.

Last night a motorcyclist, believed to be in his early thirties, died in hospital after apparently losing control on the N2 northbound just past Tweedie Hill.

A few hours before that, a bakkie carrying 17 people went out of control on a district road near the R614 in Dalton.

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene to find the bakkie on its side and the canopy sheared off. The passengers were lying near to the accident scene.

Among the 17 passengers were three babies aged between three and five months.

They had sustained minor cuts and abrasions. All the passengers were taken to hospitals in Pietermaritzburg.

Earlier yesterday, a 10-year-old boy was killed when a taxi rolled on the N3 just past Nottingham Road. Sixteen passengers were injured.

The taxi was travelling from Johannesburg and failed to negotiate a corner, apparently because of a mechanical problem.

Two elderly women and two children were left in a critical condition.

The boy died of his injuries at the scene after paramedics tried to resuscitate him.

On Saturday morning at Lions River, a car that was travelling in the wrong direction along the N3 southbound collided head-on with a taxi.

Two people trapped in the wreckage had to be freed using the jaws of life.

The taxi driver died shortly after arriving at hospital.

Later that morning, in Pinetown, a taxi was rammed from the side, injuries to 14 people, two of them critically.

Paramedics found a two-year-old toddler trapped under the vehicle in a critical condition. His mother, who was pregnant, was seriously injured.

The Netcare 911 team called in a medical helicopter and the critically wounded child was airlifted to hospital.

On Friday night a biker died in an accident along Hesketh Road in Pietermaritzburg.

Paramedics reported that biker apparently lost control of the motorbike, which hit a pavement.

He was flung off his bike and slammed into into a roadside tree. His motorbike came to rest some 30 metres further down the road.

Police are investigating the incident. His identity has not been revealed.

In the early hours of Saturday morning a pedestrian died after he was hit by a car along Blackburn Road in Hayfields.

The man was critically injuried and and died shortly after being admitted to Grey’s Hospital.

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