Exodus of holidaymakers from KZN sees many injured

2014-01-06 00:00

A SPATE of accidents marked the weekend exodus of holiday-makers to their homes in Gauteng and other northern provinces.

A Road Traffic Inspectorate official yesterday described the Mariannhill toll plaza as “very busy”, while long queues and traffic volumes of up to 2 000 vehicles per hour were reported over the weekend at the Mooi River toll plaza.

• Two people were injured when their car veered off the N3 and overturned in a field about 10 kilometres from Harrismith on Saturday, said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.

The accident took place near the Eeram off-ramp. The vehicle had been hit by another car in the rear, Botha said. Both cars were travelling towards Gauteng.

The injured pair were taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

• Two people were injured in a side-impact accident along Mountbatten Drive, Durban on Saturday, Botha said.

They were taken to a nearby hospital. The cause of the accident was unclear.

• Yesterday morning there was an accident on the N3 northbound, between the Bergville and Tugela toll plazas, said Robert McKenzie, KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson.

KZN EMS and local emergency services responded to what appeared to be a head-on collision.

Two people died on scene and another four people sustained serious injuries. They were treated on scene by paramedics before being transported to Ladysmith hospital.

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the police.

• Three people were killed and three others injured when their car overturned on the N3 near Warden, in the Free State yesterday.

The three deceased, including a small child, were killed about 20 km from Warden towards Johannesburg around noon, Botha said.

• Meanwhile, in Hillcrest, Durban, a police rescue helicopter had to evacuate a motorbike rider after he had fallen down a cliff on Saturday.

It is understood he dropped about 600 metres down a steep slope.

The rider did not sustain any critical injuries and was treated for injuries to his shoulder and legs after being brought to safety.

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