Impatiennce: Head-on collisions claim four of ten lives

2011-08-29 00:00

FOUR men died and four others were seriously injured when a taxi lost control and overturned on the N2 near Amanzimtoti last night.

Witnesses indicate the driver lost control while rounding a bend going down hill. The taxi overturned and hit the barriers on the left, causing the roof to be ripped from the vehicle. The twisted remains of the taxi came to rest a further fifty meters down the hill on the right hand side of the highway.

Six more people died in five collisions on KZN roads this weekend.

The driver of a Honda died after his car was involved in a head-on collision with a minibus taxi on the R66 at Melmoth on Saturday, leaving 24 other people injured.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the driver of the taxi was trying to overtake a truck before the collision occurred. Four other cars and two bakkies were involved in the accident.

On the R603 near Umbumbulu on Saturday two people were killed in a head-on collision between two cars.

Near Dundee the drivers of two cars were involved in a head-on collision on Saturday. One man died and three occupants were injured.

On the R617 between Boston and Bulwer yesterday morning a metered taxi driver died after he lost control of the vehicle (pictured) , plunging over a 15 metre drop into a spruit.

The incident left two other occupants — a male and a female — injured. According to sources the yellow Mazda was heading in the direction of Howick when the driver lost control. He was killed instantly. The other occupants, who were flung out of the vehicle during the incident, sustained injuries and were taken to hospital by Netcare 911 and the Emergency Medical Rescue Services.

In Cato Ridge yesterday morning one man died and two others were seriously injured when their vehicle overturned along Georgetown Road. A passenger died on scene. Two others sustained serious injuries.

— Witness Reporter.

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