N2 accident: Six killed in head-on collision near Empangeni

2011-11-21 00:00

SIX people, including a German tourist, were killed in a head-on collision on the N2 at Port Dunford, outside Empangeni on the north coast, on Saturday afternoon.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said four people believed to be pastors from different branches of the Life Abundance International Church were travelling in a bakkie from Port Shepstone to Empangeni when they colli­ded head-on with a Toyota Fortuner travelling from Hluhluwe to the King Shaka International Airport.

“A local driver and a female tourist from Germany died while a male tourist is fighting for his life in Richards Bay hospital,” he said.

He said Transport MEC Willies Mchunu expressed shock at the deaths.

Ncalane said a preliminary investigation indicated that one driver lost control, and that bad weather may have contri­buted to the crash.

In another collision 13 people were injured after a taxi and four cars collided in Westville yesterday afternoon, said paramedics.

Netcare spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics arrived on the scene and found three people had sustained serious injuries, including a six-year-old boy.

Ten others suffered minor injuries. All thirteen injured were transported to hospitals in the area.

The cause of the accident was being investigated by police.

Mchunu said in a statement, “It is unacceptable that we are losing people on the road when the whole world is commemorating World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims.

“I want to appeal to motorists to be cautious in these rainy and slippery weather conditions,” said Mchunu.

He said the department will continue to intensify road safety education under their new campaign Operation Vali’ngozi.

“We will also ensure maximum deployment of traffic officers to deal harshly with transgressors on the road.

“I also send my condolences to the families who lost their relatives and a speedy recovery to those in hospitals,” said Mchunu.

Ncalane said a case of culpable homicide has been opened.

— Witness Reporter.

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