Four killed, 22 injured in KZN road accidents

2010-10-04 00:00

A MAN was killed and three others were seriously injured on Saturday night when the vehicle they were travelling in left Wiggins Road in Chesterville, Durban, and plunged into a stormwater drain.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said it is not clear what had caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, and police are investigating.

The spot is reportedly known for vehicles falling into the drain, although this is the first fatality.

The three passengers managed to climb up to the roadside where emergency services stabilised them before taking them to hospital.

The body of the driver was trapped in the wreckage of the car. A police search and rescue team recovered it using winches, a pulley and hydraulic rescue equipment.

• Banks also reported that nine women suffered injuries after the bakkie they were travelling in overturned on Ohrtmann Road in Pietermaritzburg early yesterday morning. The women were treated at the scene and taken to local hospitals for further medical treatment.

It is believed the women had just been picked up from town after a night out and were on their way home when the driver lost control and rolled the bakkie.

The driver allegedly ran away from the scene before emergency personnel arrived.

• Two men and a woman were killed on Saturday night when the minibus taxi they were travelling in overturned on the Majuba pass on the N11 in the Newcastle area, reported RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu. The minibus was travelling from Nquthu to Johannesburg when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle and lost control.

Ten people, including the driver, sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital in Newcastle.

The other vehicle involved left the scene of the accident.

Police are investigating three counts of culpable homicide.

• Mngomezulu also said that, during an Empangeni RTI roadblock inspecting vehicles for roadworthiness on the N2 on Saturday, 143 people were charged with driving an unroadworthy vehicle.

One vehicle was suspended.

Inspections were in response to a call from the Minister of Transport to remove unroadworthy vehicles from the roads, Mngomezulu said.

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