Multiple crashes as wet weather turns into nightmare

2014-10-10 00:00

YESTERDAY’S wet weather turned Pietermaritzburg’s roads into a treacherous nightmare for motorists and emergency services as eight accidents were reported during the day.

One life was claimed when a motorist ran over a pedestrian on the Midmar road just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Three serious accidents were reported on the N3 between Lynnfield Park and Peter Brown Drive alone.

At around 11 am, a driver swerved off the road to avoid a wandering cow in the middle of the N3 near Lynnfield Park. The vehicle was seriously damaged but the driver only sustained minor injuries.

A short time later, a Nissan bakkie overturned near Peter Brown Drive and the driver was critically injured.

Then, at around 2.30 pm, a Toyota Fortuner veered over the median and plummeted into the middle of the fast lane in front of speeding oncoming traffic just after the Peter Brown Drive turn-off. Vehicles moving towards the wreckage had to brake immediately, which resulted in a four-car pile-up. Only one person was injured in this incident.

In the traffic build-up that resulted, another vehicle was rear-ended by a truck a few metres up the road. This slid the vehicle in a sideways direction before it slammed into another truck in front of it, resulting in the vehicle being sandwiched between the two. According to Netcare 911, two people sustained moderate injuries in this incident.

In town, another three collisions took place.

A Toyota and a Golf reportedly collided on the Church Street bridge; a vehicle overturned on the corner of Woodhouse and Boshoff roads; and there was another collision between two vehicles on Jabu Ndlovu Street near the central police station.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngome­zulu attributed the accidents to the wet weather and driver negligence.

“The wet weather causes oil to rise to the surface, making roads slippery. Drivers are warned all the time to be especially careful when braking and to remain well below the speed limit in these conditions,” she said.

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