Minister mourns children’s deaths

2009-12-16 00:00

SEVEN children and five adults died in Monday’s accident on the R603 near Umbumbulu, Captain Dolf Otto of the SAPS collision unit confirmed yesterday. The accident was one of the biggest accidents in KwaZulu-Natal leading into the festive season, and traffic authorities reacted with shock to the news.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conveyed condolences to the families of 12 people and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

“The death of [seven] innocent children is an unnecessary loss of life. We cannot continue putting the lives of children at risk. This crash has deprived pa­rents of children who died before their time.”

Ndebele sent a team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists to assist in the investigation of the crash and to determine the exact cause, he said in a media statement.

In another collision, seven people were injured when a taxi crashed with a bakkie on Edendale Road yesterday morning. It is believed that the bakkie crashed into the side of the minibus and pushed it down the embankment on impact.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the driver of the bakkie was found walking around at the scene. “He was treated for serious facial injuries. Three passengers from the taxi … were also treated for serious injuries”. Banks said another three people were treated for minor to moderate injuries. All patients were stabilised and taken to Edendale Hospital.

 

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