Police open docket after accident involving a molasses tanker leaves five dead

2012-12-10 00:00

THE police have opened a culpable homicide docket after five people died in an accident involving three vehicles on the R603 at Umbumbulu on Saturday evening.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the cab of a tanker carrying molasses became disconnected from the rest of the vehicle and came to rest on top of a Toyota Tazz, crushing the vehicle beneath its weight.

In the aftermath, an occupant of the Toyota Tazz was found dead in the vehicle, while one of the two occupants of the tanker died and the other sustained moderate injuries.

All three occupants of a bakkie also involved in the accident — a woman, man and young girl — also died at the scene.

Jackson said a second survivor of the accident was found walking around the scene and taken to hospital.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said MEC Willies Mchunu was concerned by the fatalities.

“We are losing more than 110 people a month on KZN roads. It is shocking and an embarrassment,” said Ncalane.

However, the number of accidents had decreased compared to the previous years, he said.

KZN police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said Umbumbulu police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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