Occupant thrown out of BMW in head-on collision

2009-11-23 00:00

AN occupant of a BMW was killed late yesterday afternoon in one of a string of accidents across KZN at the weekend, despite dry conditions after last week’s rain.

The person was thrown out of the vehicle after a head-on collision with an Opel Astra on the R33, between New Hanover and Greytown.

Netcare911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the BMW’s driver lost control of the car, which spun out of control and careened into the Opel.

The impact broke the BMW in two, with the crumpled halves rolling repeatedly before coming to rest over 100 metres apart. Two people were found in the mangled wreck.

The Astra caught fire.

In Durban, a motorcyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by two cars at the intersection of Umbilo and Willowvale roads yesterday, said Wicks.

Another motorcyclist was seriously injured when he fell from his bike on the N3 Durban bound carriageway, near the Shongweni off-ramp yesterday.

Wicks said it is alleged that the rider approached the rest of his four-man group and got too close to another bi­ker.

In an effort to avoid a collision, he swerved and lost control.

Fourteen people were injured, five seriously, near Ashburton when a mini­bus taxi left the N3 Pietermaritzburg-

bound carriageway after a rear wheel blowout yesterday.

On the M4 Ruth First Highway near La Lucia, a woman was seriously injured when her car slammed into the concrete median barrier and a light pole.

Another woman was seriously injured when two cars collided and left the M7 Edwin Swales Drive slipway from the N2 south bound carriageway, on Friday.

On the N11 near Newcastle on Saturday, one passenger died, eight were in critical condition and one person escaped with minor injuries when the driver of a minibus taxi lost control of his vehicle and it overturned, Transport Department spokesman Bhekisisa Mncube said.

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