Nine dead on KZN roads over weekend

2008-05-05 00:00

Nine people died on the province’s roads over the long weekend.

In one accident yesterday morning, a young man from Pietermaritzburg died after a head-on collision between two bakkies on the R600 in the Champagne Valley yesterday.

One other person was seriously injured in the accident. Police had not yet released his name yesterday.

Later yesterday afternoon, four more people died in a horror smash on the N3 near Van Reenen. Govender said that a Golf and a Jetta were involved in a head-on collision that left two others critically injured. One of the cars involved bore an NC (Cato Ridge) registration, while the other vehicle was from Mpumalanga, said Govender.

“The highway came to a standstill and it will take quite a while to clear the scene so that people can continue their journey,” said department of Transport spokesman Colin Govender yesterday.

“Although these fatality figures are low, to the department of Transport one life lost is one too many,” said Govender.

Traffic volumes on the N3 peaked at 2 000 cars an hour heading north yesterday at the close of the second long weekend in a row.

Govender said that the extremely high volumes meant bumper to bumper traffic that came to a standstill at some points.

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