Pedestrians and cyclist among seven dead in black weekend on midlands roads

2011-03-07 00:00

SEVEN people died and 13 were injured in accidents at the weekend.

In Pietermaritzburg, at the intersection of Langalibalele and Henrietta streets, one person died and seven others were injured when a taxi hit a group of pedestrians.

On the N3, near the Midmar dam turn-off, a 21-year-old woman died and three others were injured when their vehicle overturned after the driver allegedly lost control.

A cyclist was killed in a collision with a car on the New Greytown Road yesterday.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the cyclist suffered severe fatal head injuries.

He said the accident happened as the man, apparently a farm worker, was cycling to Pietermaritzburg. A car in front of him was slowing down, about to turn towards Albert Falls, when the cyclist overtook and collided with an oncoming car.

On the R56 Richmond road, a pedestrian died when he was struck by a car.

Near Dundee, three people died and two were critically injured in a three-vehicle pile-up. Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said: “A minibus taxi side-swiped a VW Polo before a Mercedes Benz collided head-on with both of them.”

In Manning Avenue, Eastwood, a man was seriously hurt in a side impact accident.

— Witness Reporter.

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