Fourteen die, 34 hurt in KZN accidents this weekend

2013-11-04 00:00

OVER a dozen people were killed in accidents throughout the province this weekend.

According to information supplied by private ambulance service Netcare 911 and the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), 14 people died in accidents throughout the province, while 34 people were injured. Most of the accidents occurred on Saturday.

Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said: “We know there is a link between drinking and driving. Provincially, our accident rate spikes over weekends.

“We’ve initiated a routine integrated transport operation in co-operation with the police and customs officials as part of a festive season policing initiative.

“We will be targeting both the entrance and exits of towns, [as well as] the highways.”

Saturday:

4.30 am: Three people were injured when their vehicle collided with the side barrier on the N2, south of the M7.

5 am: One man died on impact when his vehicle collided with a brick structure along San Gabriel Road in Warner Beach.

5 am: A man died when his vehicle overturned on the P728 in Mfume area, South Coast. A second man was injured.

5.54 am: Two men in their 20s died after the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a tree on the Phoenix-bound section of the R102.

6 am : A female passenger was killed and the male driver injured when the vehicle they were driving in overturned in Hilton.

6.18 am: Eleven people were injured when two bakkies collided at the Marine Drive and Uplands Road, Margate, intersection.

7 am: A man is in a serious condition after his vehicle rolled several times on the N2 near Twini Hill near Amanzimtoti. The man was heading towards Durban when the he lost control, smashed through the barriers and and rolled across the southbound lane.

11.30 am: A head-on collision between a bakkie and taxi close to Nyoni on the N2, North Coast, left 15 people injured, while one person died of his injuries.

2.45 pm: A man sustained serious injuries when a truck slammed into the back of his vehicle at the North Coast and Blackburn roads intersection.

Sunday:

8 pm: Eight people died when a passenger vehicle with two occupants and a bakkie with seven occupants collided on the R618 between Nongoma and Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Only the driver of the passenger vehicle survived.

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