Police look for driver in killer crash

2013-11-04 00:00

POLICE are searching for the driver of one of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision near Nongoma that killed eight people.

The driver of a Ford Sierra escaped unscathed from the accident with a Nissan bakkie late on Saturday evening on the R618 between Nongoma and Vryheid.

All seven occupants of the bakkie were killed on impact, while one of the two passengers of the Ford, who was taken to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, died on arrival, according to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

Transport spokesperson Nathi Sukuzi said the driver of the Ford was picked up from the scene by a relative and has not been seen since. “As far as we are aware, the police are still looking for the driver,” said Sukuzi. He said no names of the deceased would be released to the media until all relatives had been informed.

The deceased — six adults and two children — are all said to be from Hlobane, about 20 km east of Vryheid.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu expressed his shock. “The government will not rest with its efforts to fight road carnage through our educational programmes, as well as enforcement measures,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.