Four accidents leave eight dead

2011-08-01 00:00

A DURBAN man in his twenties died after being struck by a car along Chelsea Road in Durban North on Saturday night while carrying his surfboard and skateboard.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics arrived to find the critically wounded man lying on the road with bystanders doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“They tried to resuscitate the patient, but he tragically died on scene,” said Botha.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of culpable homicide has been opened and no one has been arrested.

Four people died and two were left critically injured in a freak accident after one vehicle smashed into oncoming traffic on the N2 yesterday afternoon.

One car split in half. The two critically injured passengers were taken to Bay Hospital.

Department of Transport spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said that speeding was suspected as the cause of the accident.

“A car cannot split into two halves if there was no speeding involved,” she said.

Two people died and six were left badly injured after a minibus swerved to avoid running over a dog crossing the road on P10 on the Loskop Road in Tatane on Saturday.

Mngomezulu said that the minibus collided head on with oncoming traffic. The injured were taken to Estcourt Provincial Hospital.

A three-month-old baby died when a car overturned along the N2 near Paddock on Saturday.

Mngomezulu said the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and for culpable homicide. Five people who were critically injured were taken to Murchison Hospital.

A minibus driver will today appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court after he was caught speeding at 141 km/h along the N2 near the Tongaat River Bridge yesterday.

A BMW driver was arrested at the N2 South bound in Umthwalume for driving at 180 km/h.

Mngomezulu said that the driver was not given bail and is due to appear today at the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court. — WR.

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