N2 blaze: Smoke inhalation kills

2008-07-23 00:00

THICK smoke from a grassfire led to the death of a motorcyclist during a pile-up of more than 10 vehicles on both sides of the N2 near Umvoti on the north coast yesterday afternoon.

Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha said other motorists sustained minor injuries and were treated for smoke inhalation.

Mbatha said the N2 had to be closed for more than an hour to clear the area, and while fire fighters were putting out the fire.

“I would like to appeal to motorists to not take a chance of driving through the thick smoke on the highway. They should rather wait for the smoke to clear and switch on hazard lights,” said Mbatha.

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